Zimbabwe Court Overturns Conviction Of Top Opposition Member

epa08641222 Arrested Movement For Democratic Change Alliance (MDC) activist Job Sikhala (C) arrives at the Harare Magistrates Courts, Zimbabwe, 02 September 2020. Sikhala who is facing charges of inciting the public to protest on the 31 July 2020 is applying for a bail. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI
Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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The Zimbabwe High Court has overturned the conviction of Job Sikhala, the national deputy chairman of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), for obstructing the course of justice.

Previously, Mr. Sikhala had been found guilty and fined $600 (£470) or sentenced to six months in prison for allegedly posting a video related to the killing of Moreblessing Ali, a CCC activist, in a Harare suburb last year.

Additionally, the court suspended another six months of his sentence on the condition that he does not commit a similar offense within the next five years.

Despite being cleared by the court, Mr. Sikhala is still in prison, where he has been since his arrest in June of last year. This is because he is facing additional charges, including incitement to commit violence and disorderly conduct.

The outspoken lawyer and former MP has been denied bail multiple times by the courts, who view him as a repeat offender and a potential threat to society.

Mr. Sikhala claims that he has been arrested over 60 times but has never been convicted. Opposition groups and human rights organizations argue that he is being politically targeted by the government.

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
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