Job Sikhala denied bail again. Job Sikhala, a jailed opposition politician for the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), was denied bail once more by Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Miti, who referred to him as a “incorrigible and unrepentant criminal.”
Despite being detained more than 60 times, Sikhala has never received a conviction.
After Sikhala’s suspected accomplice, Godfrey Sithole, was given ZW$50,000 bail after spending 150 days in detention, Sikhala submitted an application for conditional release based on changed circumstances.
The politician is charged with encouraging public disorder in an effort to exact revenge on the assassinated CCC activist Moreblessing Ali, who was brutally killed by a purported Zanu PF member. Sikhala has been housed at Chikurubi Maximum Prison for 162 days.
Last week, bail was granted for 14 additional activists who had been detained for allegedly responding to Sikhala’s alleged incitement.
Sikhala was denied bail because the magistrate decided that Sikhala was unrepentant and deserved to go to jail after being detained for similar offenses 67 times.
“The accused was out on bail on a similar offence unlike his co-accused. A judicial officer cannot sit and determine an issue that has been dealt with by another,” said the magistrate.
She said she was bound by the decision of a superior court, the High Court, which has already dismissed all his appeals.
“His arrest for more than 63 times on similar charges is proof enough that there is a propensity to commit similar offences.
“The changed circumstances that his co-accused was released on bail will not apply as the number of times he has been arrested is proof that he is an incorrigible and unrepentant criminal.
“The granting of bail will jeopardize the criminal justice system, therefore the application for bail on changed circumstances is … dismissed.”