By ALBERT MASAKA/JOANAH DIMA/SIMBARASHE GARAGADA
INCARCERATED Zengeza West Member of Parliament Job Sikhala who has been detained for three months has disclosed that the continued denial of bail, which at law is a right, had failed to break him, but made him stronger.
Sikhala, who together with co-accused and fellow CCC legislator Godfrey Sithole, are facing charges of incitement to commit acts of violence, also appealed to church and community leaders to pray for him.
This follows an outcry by residents in his constituency who spoke to Dungwiza News over his continued detention.
The residents expressed their dismay over the lack of representation in the constituency which was stalling development projects.
Sikhala through his spokesperson Freddy Masarirevu vowed to continue representing defenseless people and complete all outstanding projects after his release.
He cited the case of Moreblessing Ali who was abducted outside a nightclub in Nyatsime on May 14 and her dismembered remains were discovered in a disused well at a farm in Beatrice.
The prime suspect in her murder, Pius Jamba was arrested following outcries from members of the public and Sikhala.
“Sikhala stands on behalf of his people and speaks for the voiceless, he feels the voices of his people have now been suppressed by his detention.
“He is, however, hopeful that sooner rather than later he will be back to continue where he left.”
Masarirevu added that Sikhala was a man of the people who loved his job and his constituency and was constantly enquiring about what was happening.
“He left a number of unfinished projects and he always tries to manage them from the walls of Chikurubi Prison.”
A resident, Anderson Hundudza said the continued denial of bail of their MP as persecution.
“Zengeza West is grounded, at the moment we have no representation, our problems are piling up, politically and economically we are not represented.
“We have over 90 days now without our member of Parliament and the effects are they all the ongoing projects spearheaded by Sikhala have been stalled.
Another resident, Agatha Mujati also lamented the fact that they had gone for over two months without any representation in Parliament.
“He would would also assist us with legal help and borehole projects that he initiated in wards 9,11 and 12 are at a standstill.”
Ward 6 resident Joseph Choruma added that Sikhala financially assisted a lot of people at funerals,the sick, elderly and even to the hungry people.
Prominent Zimbabweans who include Prof. Arthur Mutambara last week petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa to end the alleged persecution of two Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) legislators and 14 activists.
Sikhala and Sithole have been detained since June 14 following violent skirmishes in Nyatsime by Zanu PF and CCC supporters at the funeral of slain CCC activist Moreblessing Ali.
The courts have on several occasions turned down their bail applications, with Sikhala being accused of being an unrepentant repeat offender capable of inciting violence.