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Tshabangu Negotiated With The State For Job Sikhala’s Release

Tshabangu Negotiated With The State For Job Sikhala's Release

Sengezo Tshabangu, the disputed secretary general of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), recently disclosed that he negotiated with the State for the release of Job Sikhala, a prominent opposition figure.

Tshabangu explained in a radio interview that he sent a delegation from the CCC to engage in talks with the authorities.

He believed that a political solution was necessary to secure Sikhala’s freedom since he considered him a “political prisoner.” He told ZiFM Stereo:

I am negotiating with the State for Sikhala’s release. I will be sending a delegation to meet the State authorities that Job is not supposed to be where he is because he was thrown under the bus by our movement and this is sad that our movement can go and visit Sikhala and cry and yawn for his release yet they know behind their back.

I am saying this because I am inside CCC. I will be meeting Ziyambi Ziyambi, the minister of justice. I will also be meeting in the near future Obert Mpofu, the Secretary General of ZANU PF. These are the people that I have sent emissaries to meet with. It is underway.

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Tshabangu expressed his disappointment that the CCC, despite publicly advocating for Sikhala’s release, was not actively working towards it. He stated that he would personally meet with government officials, including the Minister of Justice and the Secretary General of the ruling party, ZANU PF, to discuss Sikhala’s case.

Tshabangu also sought support from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a regional organization, and informed them of their engagement with ZANU PF for Sikhala’s release.

According to Tshabangu, legal avenues to secure Sikhala’s release had proven ineffective. He argued that Sikhala’s situation was different from that of a common criminal because he was considered a political prisoner, drawing parallels with Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment during the apartheid era in South Africa.

He added that Tendai Biti’s release in 2008 when he was arrested for treason was also negotiated.

Also read: Tshabangu Accuses Chamisa Of Hiding Millions

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Tshabangu accused associates of Nelson Chamisa, the former leader of the CCC, of hindering Sikhala’s release. He claimed that individuals with criminal backgrounds influenced Chamisa to avoid pursuing a political solution for Sikhala’s freedom.

Job Sikhala, who had been in pre-trial detention since June 2022 on charges of inciting public violence, was ultimately released on January 30, 2024, after Magistrate Tafadzwa Miti handed him a suspended 2-year jail term.

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