Sikhala’s family needs £6,000, supporters raise only £2,000
A fundraiser organised by opposition CCC supporters to raise £6,000 for Job Sikhala’s family has raised only £2,000 as supporters somehow resist all pleas for them to help support the politician’s family.
Sikahla faces multiple charges of inciting violence and defeating the course of justice. A dozen other party members are in remand prison after they allegedly burnt down property in Nyatsime and threatened violence on ruling party members.
The fundraiser, initiated by Estelle Adams-Stone, is facing resistance amid reports that the party has not been accountable with how previous donations were utilized, including those for Nelson Chamisa’s motor vehicle.
Chin’ono advises Chamisa to not risk his life
Disappointed CCC activist Hopewell Chin’ono did not hide his frustration and has urged Chamisa and other party leaders to stop risking their lives when party supporters are not willing to support their families. The long statement by Chin’ono reads:
This is an example of what many Africans mean when they say Zimbabweans are all talk and NO action. Many are pushing for Chamisa and his team to act.
When they are arrested and need help from those asking them to act, it doesn’t come. Families suffer.
Sikhala is my good friend, when he comes out of prison, I am going to strongly advice him not to put his family in trouble whilst pursuing national goals!
Zimbabweans are selfish, he should put his family ahead of anything else until we are ready. We can’t expect our leaders to sacrifice for us, and yet we can’t help their families when they are in prison.
Job is a lawyer, he has a decent life if he focuses on his Law practice, but even his Law practice suffers because of fighting for us daily.
The war for liberation was fought & won because everyone contributed something, goats, chicken, mealie meal, clothes & many other things for the fighters. Today’s generations are not ready for that, they want freedom, but they are too stingy to assist.
Today Job and Godfrey Sithole’s wives have to drive to Chikurubi daily with their food to protect them from poisoning, they need fuel, and to buy the food daily.
They have been in prison for 2 months, no income, little help. And yet we demand action. These politicians must protect their families until the citizens are ready to play their part.
If it means ZANUPF will continue ruling and looting, so be it because that is what the majority of citizens want by not playing their part in the struggle. Nelson Chamisa must not risk his life for a cowardly, selfish and talkative citizenry that won’t come to assist not because it can’t, but because it is simply selfish.
Even the fat cat activists are as useless, loads of talk, no action. Aiwa mucha muka. For two months Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole have been living under these prison conditions, and they are still in Chikurubi.
When Mugabe and his colleagues were in prison during the 60s, blacks of that time helped look after their families. Something we have failed to do.
GoFundMe organiser explains need for the funds
In organizing the fundraiser on GoFundMe, Adams-Stone noted that Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole have been in prison without trial at Zimbabwe’s Chikurubi Maximum Prison.
However, that is not true as the trial has been ongoing but the courts have been throwing out appeals for bail while police have also been piling up more charges.
Adams-Stone adds: “The State leveled bogus or trumped up charges against them when they were arrested for demanding Justice for an opposition supporter Moreblessing Ali who was killed by a ruling party thug.
“Their families are struggling with day to day financial needs because they need fuel to go and see them daily. They also need to buy them food since they can’t eat prison food for fear of being poisoned.
“Zimbabweans are asking their opposition leaders to lead from the front, however they are up against a regime that doesn’t respect the constitution.
“This is our time to support them as not doing so makes others fearful of what would happen to their families if they are arrested on bogus or trumped up charges.”