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MDC national vice chairman, Hon Job Sikhala

By STAFF WRITER

OUTSPOKEN MDC Alliance national vice chairman, Honourable Job Sikhala has issued a warning to those he claimed were vigilantes sponsored by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to abduct, kill and harass opposition politicians in the country.

The Zengeza West member of Parliament, Sikhala today told Zim Community News that he was reliably informed that security agents were hunting for him yet he had not committed any crime and attributed this to blatant political persecution of opposition party officials.

Sikhala said this during an interview after Chitungwiza woke up to graffiti splashed on public buildings across the town with messages protesting what it said was Sikhala’s persecution.

“The State and generally the vigilantes that Mnangagwa has been using to abduct kill and harass opposition political players in our country so these are the people who have been after myself for a long time.

“I am hearing that they want to arrest me and others on the basis of their own speculation not knowing that their failure is the one that is making them getting scared, so they must be very careful when they are doing it this time around.

“I am so prepared and ready for them that if they do any blunder that would be tragic to them,” he said.

The legislator added that such dirty tactics by the State would not cower him and warned that he will defend himself aided by the people of Zimbabwe.

“I don’t know why they are looking for me and I am wondering why these people are continuously persecuting myself.

“If they think I am so cheap that I will give in they must think twice because I am not that man who can be easily intimidated.

“I will fight them and the people of Zimbabwe are ready to defend an unjustified persecution on my person, this I know it’s a fact.”

However, the government has in the past said it does not permit any of its institutions and agencies to use torture, forced disappearance or abductions.

Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe said this recently while responding to the alleged abduction and torture of three female MDC activists Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova.

The government later arrested the brutalised trio on accusations that they lied that they had been abducted and tortured.

The arrests came as  UN experts spoke against a “reported pattern of disappearances and torture” by government agents in the country.

 

 

 

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