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Sikhala slept in urine soaked blankets

by Staff reporter
08 Jul 2020 at 17:48hrs | Views
MDC Alliance deputy chair, Job Sikhala has filed a $1,5 million lawsuit against Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe, police and the prosecutor general over his arrest and prosecution last year.

Sikhala was accused of treason after he addressed a rally in Masvingo July last year in during which he declared the MDC was going to remove President Emmerson Mnangagwa before the 2023 elections.

In his summons, he cited Kazembe, Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga and Prosecutor General Kumbirai Hodzi as first, second and third respondents, respectively.

Others cited as respondents include officers who arrested him and some he accused of terrorising him during his detention.

According to Sikhala, the arrest was without warrant.

He was detained in police cells overnight at Harare Central police station.

Sikhala also said he was detained under inhumane and degrading conditions in which there were insufficient blankets to a point of spending the cold night without a blanket.

"There were no functional ablution facilities in the cells resulting in the entire place smelling of human excrement," he said.

The MDC legislator also said there was no running water in the cells and no toilet paper was provided.

He was arrested in his Harare base before he went through full trial in Masvingo.

The lawmaker was however acquitted early this year by the High Court.

Source - newzimbabwe