"Cases are looked at both sides" – Justice Minister Ziyambi defends prolonged detention of Job Sikhala


HARARE – Minister of Justice, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi has defended the government's decision to indefinitely detain former legislator Job Sikhala, asserting that the government will not grow weary concerning his detention since the law is taking its due course. 

Zimbabwe government will not release Job Sikhala
For Job Sikhala, freedom remains elusive as the government said it will not yield to demands calling for his release, the latter claiming the law is fair and impartial. 

Sikhala has been languishing in remand prison since his arrest on June 14, 2022, on charges of inciting public violence. 

The charges emanated from events that unfolded at the funeral wake of Moreblessing Ali, a Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist who was tragically murdered.

The perpetrator of Ali's murder, a ZANU PF activist known as Pius Mukandi or Jamba, has since been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his crime.

In an interview marking the opening of the 2024 legal year in Harare, Minister Ziyambi refuted allegations that Sikhala was a political prisoner—asserting that the law is impartial, unbiased, and blind to political affiliations, and that court outcomes should not be skewed in favor of any party.

He was quoted by NewsDay saying: 

When you go to the courts do not expect the outcome to be on your side, even our Chief Justice Luke Malaba addressed such matters in his speech while opening the 2024 legal year, cases are looked at both sides.

He further stated: 

If you go to the courts, go and expect a fair judgment; (anything) else, you will be disappointed. Those who are saying this and that about Sikhala, they want the courts to do what they expect and what they want. Our courts are independent and  they are doing their job with no interference.

Justice Minister Ziyambi says government will not release Job Sikhala
Speaking on the sidelines of the 2024 legal year opening, Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said that cases are looked at both sides; this being the government's vindication to indefinitely incarcerate Job Sikhala. [Image: NewsDay]


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