UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe law professor Lovemore Madhuku has claimed that detained lawmakers Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole are victims of their own political party’s decision to refuse dialogue.
Madhuku, also leader of the opposition NCA party, said this in an interview with Citizens Voices Network.
He was commenting on the failure to obtain bail from the Nyatsime 16 – all members of the CCC led by Nelson Chamisa who were arrested in June on charges of political violence in Chitungwiza following the kidnapping and death of CC activist Moreblessing Ali .
Sikhala and Sithole have been denied bail pending trial on five occasions.
“The problems of Job Sikhala and others could have been resolved through a process of dialogue,” Madhuku said.
“CCC members are now victims of their political party which refuses to dialogue and refuses to be part of POLAD,” Madhuku said.
He urged CCC leader Chamisa to engage President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the issue so lawmakers and others are tried early.
“I think if there were issues to deal with, the perception that comes out strongly is that this is political persecution,” the NCA chief said.
“What would prevent this political party they belong to from having an audience with the president (Emmerson Mnangagwa).
“The president’s role there is not to interfere with the courts but to engage the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) who would consent to bail. He is the one who would arrange for a trial fast and so on.”
Madhuku continued; “Every political leader should know that these issues are political, so you don’t go out there to the top of the mountain and say the magistrate or the judge is a political outpost when you still need one. of them in other cases.”
He added; “I have thought about it and every time I think about this thing, Sikhala, Sithole and the authors of Nyatsime are now victims of the failure of their political party to know that politics is about commitment, politics is not about It’s not always about fighting and if these had good leadership they would be out by now.
If you make it a political issue, you engage other political actors and the way that is done, we can say publicly that the NPA is capable of engaging in political discussion. You have to persuade the NPA not to oppose bail.”