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Sikhala, Sithole complain of being denied access to lawyers while at remand prison

by Staff reporter
07 Jul 2022 at 07:58hrs | Views
Two CCC legislators Job Sikhala and Godfrey Karakadzai Sithole, accused of inciting members of the public to cause violence that left a trail of destruction to properties in Nyatsime, Beatrice also appeared in court yesterday.

Sikhala and Sithole, who represents Zengeza West and Chitungwiza North constituencies respectively, complained of being denied access to their lawyer while at remand prison.

They also complained of being denied medical attention while in custody.

The State led by Mr Lancelot Mutsokoti noted the complaints and undertook to launch an investigation into the issues.

Mr Mutsokoti also undertook to furnish the court with a report on the day Sikhala and Sithole return to court.

He had applied that the two return to court on August 2 pending investigations into the matter.

Mr Jeremiah Bamu, appearing for Sikhala and Sithole, opposed the postponement saying State was yet to furnish them with a video and details of lorries that the State alleged were used to ferry people to Nyatsime for them to mount an application challenging placement on remand of the two legislators.

He said the video and information would assist them in proving that Sikhala and Sithole were not related to the allegations raised by the State.

The State is expected to respond to Sikhala and Sitholes' submissions this morning with regional magistrate Mr Stanford Mambanje expected to make a ruling in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the trial of five CCC members Joana Mamombe, Cecelia Chimbiri, Stanley Manyenga, Lovejoy Chitengu and Makomborero Haruzivishe, who are accused of staging an illegal demonstration in Harare during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, was postponed to July 20 and 21 for trial continuation.

The five are charged with participating in a public gathering with intention to cause public violence and alternatively violating the Covid-19 regulations.

They appeared before magistrate Mr Taurai Manwere.

Source - The Herald