Zengeza West MP Job Sikhala Job Sikhala is a free man after being given a wholly suspended 6 month sentence on condition that he pays US$600 fine after disturbing police investigations into the murder of slain opposition activist Moreblessing Ali.
Magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa had earlier today convicted him for attempting to defeat the course of justice.
The Zengeza MP has been in pre-trial detention since his arrest in June last year.
The State again accuses him of publishing falsehoods after he posted on social media that a police officer had struck a baby dead with a baton stick.
“I have taken into consideration that you are a family man with 11 children. For the 11 months you have spent in prison so far, that is a punishment on its own. In aggravation, I have noted that you really did obstruct the course of justice; however, you did not defeat the course of justice. Accused has been in custody for 11 months, so sending him to prison will be too harsh,” said Magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa.