Sikhala remanded in custody to July 24

MDC Alliance vice chairman Job Sikhala was remanded to July 24 in custody by a Bikita magistrate in a matter in which he is facing charges of subverting a constitutionally elected government.

The host of lawyers representing the Zengeza West National Assembly representative comprising of Alec Muchadehama, Harrison Nkomo, Douglass Mwonzora, Jeremiah Bamu, Freddy Masarirevhu and Nyasha Makuzwa had its application for refusal of remand on the basis of over detention quashed.

Bikita Magistrate Marewanazvo Gofa dismissed the application on the ground that it lacked merit and remanded the matter to July 24.

Sikhala will have to make his application before a High Court as he is facing a third schedule offence.

The State was represented by Prosecutors Chiedza Muhwandavaka, Elson Chavarika and Takunda Chikwati.

Charges against Sikhala are emanating from statements he uttered at a rally in Masvingo on Saturday. Sikhala told his party supporters that he was ready to illegally overthrow President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government before the expiry of his term of office.

“We are a committed leadership that will give Zanu PF headaches and [Amos] Chibaya was not lying or joking about the war and fight we are going to take to the doorsteps of Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“We are going to overthrow him before 2023 that is not a joke,” he said.