Harare – Zimbabwean opposition legislator Job Sikhala has been slapped with an effective treason charge and faces a potential death penalty or lengthy prison term if convicted.
Sikhala was called in for questioning by Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Criminal Investigations Department, Law and Order Section earlier this morning.
The charges relate to comments made by Sikhala at a recent rally.
In his address, Sikhala spoke of “overthrowing” the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa before he “finishes his term in 2023”.
Yesterday, the government through its Secretary of Information, Nick Mangwana, strongly condemned the lawmaker’s statements and warned that any action seeking to overthrow the government would be illegal and appropriate security institutions would be deployed to protect the constitutional order in the country.
The ruling Zanu PF added their voice to the condemnation, accusing the MDC of engaging in a pattern of undermining the country’s hard won democracy – which they explained came at the cost of lives and limbs.
In reaction, Sikhala’s party, the MDC Alliance, led by Nelson Chamisa, issued its own statement through Luke Tamborinyoka.
In it, the MDC distanced itself from the comments and stated that the words were Sikhala’s own opinion, while going through pains to reiterate their commitment to constitutional order.
Sikhala is expected to appear in court soon.
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