Sikhala quizzed, released without charge

HARARE - Police quizzed former MDC St Mary’s legislator Job Sikhala for hours on Thursday on sensational allegations of plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe.

The Daily News heard that the name of Zanu PF legislator Nicholas Goche featured prominently during the interrogation.

Sikhala told the Daily News yesterday that he was released without any charge around 3am yesterday after undergoing gruelling questioning.

“They said they were going to continue with the investigations but did not press any charges,” Sikhala said.

“I was released around 3am after I had been arrested around 6am on Thursday. The police were saying I had called upon disgruntled Zanu PF members to come and join forces with us (MDC)  in order to topple Mugabe and the name that featured most was that of Goche.”

Goche, along with top Zanu PF officials including Vice President Joice Mujuru, have been fingered by the State-controlled media as planning a coup against Mugabe. 

The State media this week reported that the firebrand politician had met Mujuru’s emissaries at an undisclosed location in Harare.

According to The Sunday Mail report, during the alleged meeting, Sikhala discussed the formation of a coalition to topple Mugabe and also a plan to launch a Constitutional Court application against Mugabe’s wife Grace.

The report claims the objective on the court application was to humiliate Mugabe.

The MDC has described Sikhala’s arrest as “baffling” considering that his alleged co-conspirators have not been arraigned. 

Sikhala wrote in a Facebook post: “I am just waking up now after my release from the hands of Robert Mugabe’s evil securocrats who tormented me from yesterday in the morning to early hours of today trying to squeeze charges that I am plotting the tyrant’s overthrow.

“I told them that it is not only my desire to see Mugabe gone but it is the wish shared by millions of Zimbabweans both locally and in the Diaspora, including the majority in his own party. I told them though it is the wish of us millions, I hadn’t yet started plotting his downfall.”

The tough-talking Sikhala, who is not new to police cells and interrogation rooms, alleged that the police produced an inaudible voice recording.

“Asking for evidence about the plot, they produced an inaudible voice,” Sikhala wrote.

“You can hardly hear anything. It must have been an attempt to create my voice from some stupid idiot from the street. Even Alec Muchadehama, who led the entourage of lawyers who came to fight the battle, laughed at them that they appeared stupid. There was nothing, nothing except the inaudible recording.”

According to Sikhala, his lawyer immediately demanded that he be released and he was set free.

“We should never get frustrated by these incarcerations but we must be emboldened to fight for a just cause,” he said.

“There is no tomorrow in Mugabe and his crew. He has to go. The true people’s plot is coming. It’s truly coming and it will be people-driven. The country is pregnant with anger. I am also angry. Let’s wait for the day.”

Comments (4)

True there is no tomorrow with Mugabe in power, it is gone.

maita - 1 December 2014

Cde Mugabe this war which you are starting now with Citizens are you sure you will stand it when the tough gets going. I don't think so.

Karigamombe - 1 December 2014

Political games. It was never intended to create any charges, but to do just as has been shown: to intimidate the coward, the uneducated and the half-hearted. The job is done, despite his celebration of release or failure to produce convincing evidence. Unfortunately there is NO recourse to law for all this torment, for the agents are allowed by law, to do ALL that is necessary WITHIN their powers, on reasonable SUSPICION that an offence has been committed or is being planned. It's not a loophole in Zim Law; all laws all over the globe are like. The only difference is the SELF-restraint that some leaders/States exhibit.

Makanaka - 1 December 2014

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