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Hearing of Zengeza West MP Job Sikhala's application challenging refusal of remand underway in Court 11.
Sikhala's lawyers tell Magistrate Lanzini Ncube that Job is being ill-prepared in prison with Officer In Charge of Chikurubi Maximum Prison telling Job that he "shall die in prison." Sikhala is spending the entire day handcuffed while in prison and also with leg irons.
Lawyers fear for Sikhala's health & wellbeing as Sikhala says he heard from inmates that people had died in Chikurubi&4 inmtes contracted coronavirus on the day he was detained in D class section of Chikurubi. Lawyers say Sikhala has not been provided with PPE while in prison.
Sikhala says he does not feel safe being detained at Chikurubi prison & wants to be detained anywhere else except Chikurubi. Asks that State be ordered to fumigate cells & provide PPE to inmates.
Magistrate Ncube orders that prison cells at Chikurubi should be immediately sanitised in the interests of inmates.
Sikhala's arrest & detention exposes dire conditions in Zim's prisons
Sikhala's lawyers tell Magistrate Ncube that his alleged statements/utterances do not amount to inciting people to commit public violence but he was exercising his constitutionally guaranteed rights.
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