Job Sikhala Junior, the son of jailed Zengeza West Member of Parliament, Job Sikhala has described his father’s prolonged detention as “cruelty” He made the remarks while speaking on South African broadcaster SABC News. Sikhala was arrested in June on charges of inciting public violence which erupted during the funeral wake of his deceased client and opposition party member, Moreblessing Ali, who was killed by Pius Mukandi, a man linked to ZANU PF. He is now clocking six months at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison and over the past months, has been denied bail over 10 times, while all his other co-accused have been granted. Job Jnr said:
It is difficult for us to accept that we do not have our father, we cannot believe that he has been incarcerated by this military regime for over 190 days now. It is hard for us to accept this kind of cruelty.
It has been hard on us because Sikhala has 16 children who need to be fed, who need school fees and other expenses. We are surviving on well-wishers who have been giving us money and fuel coupons to visit him because we cannot afford.
Sikhala, who is also caused of obstructing the course of justice, claims his imprisonment is politically motivated adding that the ruling party is afraid his political influence could result in its loss at next year’s elections. He spoke from Chikurubi Prison:
I have prepared myself for a long stay and am ready to stay until the cows come home. This is just an attempt to delay the inevitable, a Zanu PF loss. I am willing to be here until the end.