Sikhala Freed

Mutare, March 02, 2011 – Job Sikhala, the MDC 99 leader who is being charged with kidnapping two men has been granted a US$500 bail by magistrate Fabien Feshete in this eastern Border City.\r\n

Sikhala has been in police custody since last Friday last week.

In granting the former St Mary’s legislator bail Feshete stated that the accused was not a flight risk and that the state did not oppose bail.

Sikhala who dislocated his pelvis while he was in police custody had to be helped into the court room by a Zimbabwe Prisons Officer.

The state had proposed that Sikhala deposit US$2 000 to the clerk of court as bail but Feshete turned that down saying it was too much.

“Bail should not act as a punishment to the accused but it’s just a surety deposit,” said Feshete.

Sikhala was ordered to continue to reside at his St Mary’s home and to report once every Friday at St Mary’s police station.

Sikhala is being charged with kidnapping or unlawfully detention as defined in the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

The alleged kidnapping is said to have taken place at Zengeni Shopping Centre in the diamond rich area of Chiadzwa on 19 February 2011.

His lawyer Obey Shava of Mbidzo Muchadehama Makoni Legal Practitioners complained that Sikhala was assaulted while in detention in Harare and that he was over detained.

Shava also complained of the terrible cell conditions in which Sikhala was detained in.

Sikhala will appear in court again on 30 March 2011.