Amnesty International condemns Sikhala detention, ‘weaponisation’ of law

Political Writer

Global human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has expressed concern over the lengthy incarceration of Zimbabwean opposition figure, Job Sikhala.

Sikhala, a senior member of the Citizens Coalition for Change led by Nelson Chamisa, has spent over 500 days in detention over alleged incitement of public violence.

The courts have repeatedly denied him bail, and this has drawn sharp criticism from various quarters.

“The continued detention of Job Sikhala is a gross miscarriage of justice,” Amnesty International Zimbabwe said Wednesday.

Amnesty accused authorities of “weaponising the law to target opposition figures and ordinary citizens”.

“The relentless harassment and intimidation of activists and human rights defenders via the courts must end,” the organisation said.

Amnesty has stridently stood with Sikhala and previously accused Zimbabwe authorities for “escalating crackdown on peaceful dissent and the right to freedom of expression”

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