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I was persecuted  to pave way for flawed elections-  Job Sikhala

By Staff Writer

FORMER Zengeza West legislator, Job Sikhala says he was arrested , partly on the basis of a non-existing law as a way of ejecting him from the flawed August 2023 polls.

 Sikhala was addressing the United Nations opening of the Geneva Summit on Human Rights and Democracy where he was invited as one of this year’s speakers.

The former opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) Deputy Chairperson, who spent 595 days in pretrial detention, narrated his experience at the hands of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF government.

Sikhala told delegates that his arrest was politically motivated and that it was a ploy to get him out of the way as Zanu PF prepared to manipulate the August 2023 general polls.

It was the only way Zimbabwe’s corrupt regime could manipulate the 2023 elections and stop me from participating in them,” said Sikhala.

They denied me food and visits from friends, colleagues and family.

“The regime piled cases against me during the period of my incarceration. I faced five trials and was convicted twice with one being on a law that does not even exist.

“Innocent until proven guilty does not apply to anyone who dares to stand up to Mnangagwa’s corrupt regime.”

Added Sikhala: “In July 2023 the regime passed the Patriotic Act, a new repressive legislation targeting free speech and association.

“Under that law, I am deemed to be committing a crime just by talking to you.

“It is no wonder why millions of Zimbabweans have fled abroad in fear of persecution.”

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