CCC lawmaker Job Sikhala is reportedly in a medical emergency at the Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare where he is in prison awaiting trial, his lawyers and family have divulged.
Sikhala is among the 16 CCC officials and activists who have been in remand prison since mid June after they were arrested on charges of inciting violence in Nyatsime, Chitungwiza. This follwed the brutal murder of a party activist, Moreblessing Ali.
In the latest development, human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, who is representing Sikhala, is said to have been advised by prison authorities to get a medical doctor for the Zengeza West legislator.
CCC activist Hopewell Chin’ono, who has been supporting Sikhala and his family from the outset, announced the developments saying Sikhala was vomiting.
“Job Sikhala’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa has received a call from Chikurubi prison asking her to urgently get a doctor for the political prisoner and MP.
“His wife confirmed to me that she also got a call letting her know that Sikhala is vomiting, she is now on her way to the prison,” said Chin’ono.
The CCC also confirmed the developments, saying it would alert its supporters as the situation unfolds.
But in a subsequent update, Chin’ono said Sikhala was vomiting and having diarrhoea, while also unable to talk. Over an hour later, Sikhala was also yet to receive medical attention, Chin’ono revealed.
“I have just spoken to Job Sikhala’s wife. She was not able to see the political prisoner at Chikurubi because he is too weak to walk.
“A doctor hasn’t attended to him yet. She said he is vomiting and suffering from severe diarrhoea. She saw his co-accused Godfrey Sithole.”Hopewell Chin’ono
Sikhala and his colleagues have been detained for over 80 days now. At least four bail applications by Sikhala have been thrown out, with the prosecution charged that he was a repeat offender and that his trial date was approaching anyway.
The legislator has previously written letters to regional and international leaders, citing inhumane conditions at the maximum security facility while also appealing for political pressure to be imposed on the Zimbabwe government to ensure his release.
But Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has laughed off at suggestions that the Government could intervene with court processes. He said he rarely even follows Sikhala’s case and never get briefings about it, as that would amount to political interference in a judicial matter.
This is a developing story. More details to follow…