Job Sikhala wants his trial broadcast live. Job Sikhala, a member of parliament for the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) who is currently imprisoned, has asked for his trial to be live streamed in the case in which he is charged with perverting the course of justice.
The politician filed the request as his eagerly anticipated trial began on Tuesday before Harare magistrate Marewanazvo Gofa.
Job Sikhala wants his trial broadcast live.
The majority of those interested in hearing the case, according to his counsel Jeremiah Bamu, cannot even fit in the courtroom, let alone come from all over the world to attend the trial.
Additionally, he noted that since authorities typically restrict access to the courtroom due to the number of spectators in the gallery, this would guarantee fair coverage by the media.
“This matter has drawn intense public interest. As a result, the facilitating of media reporting becomes important.
“The live stream will allow close family members to follow proceedings. The request comes from the accused’s daughter who is attending university in Poland, and his brother in the UK.
“There are also other members of the media, because of the limited space to seat, who cannot be physically present. On a number of occasions, the police also limit the number of journalists who can attend this particular court.
“It is also important for the court to note that the media has been covering the case through print, but in today’s digital world, there is no real reason or logic for the media to continue resorting to techniques of yesteryear. It enables more accurate reporting and little room for subjective commentary, ” he submitted.
According to Bamu, the fact that anti-riot police are only heavily deployed when Sikhala is appearing in court demonstrates that his case was of national significance.
The application was rejected by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
In order to appropriately react, George Manokore, speaking on behalf of the State, stated that he would need time to review the application.
The trial will go on Wednesday.
Sikhala was assisting Ali’s family when a Zanu PF activist kidnapped Ali from the Nyatsime neighborhood.
Twenty-one days after going missing, Ali’s rotting, beheaded body was discovered at the suspect’s mother’s Beatrice property.
Days later, there was a memorial service for Ali, but it was marred by unrest that caused havoc in the neighborhood.
Sikhala was subsequently charged after it was claimed by the prosecution that he was the one who encouraged mourners to exact revenge on those who had killed Ali.
He has been imprisoned since June 14th.