Job Sikhala
Job Wiwa Sikhala is one of the most vocal opposition leaders in Zimbabwe. He is known for his scathing criticism against the Robert Mugabe led Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front party. He belongs to the first crop of opposition leaders who were influential in the formation of the Movement for Democratic Change.

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Background

Job Sikhala was born in Zimbabwe in 1972 and was once member of parliament for the St Mary's constituency, in Chitungwiza which has been blighted by political violence. He is married and has a degree in history and economics history from the University of Zimbabwe.[1]

Family

Sikhala is married and has 9 children with his wife. He sired the 9 children in a space of ten years.[2]

Student Activism

Sikhala started his political activism whilst he was still an undergraduate student at the University of Zimbabwe in the 1990s. He belongs to the most violent crop of students which included the likes of Learnmore Jongwe among others. He became popular among opposition supporters due to his violent nature. He also led demonstrations against University admin at the University of Zimbabwe.

Joining the MDC

Sikhala joined the Movement for Democratic Change at its formation in 1999. He managed to land a post in the national executive which included the likes of Morgan Tsvangirai, Gibson Sibanda, Tendai Biti, Learnmore Jongwe and Arthur Mutambara. During the 2000 parliamentary elections, Sikhala won a parliamentary seat against a ZANU PF candidate for St Mary's constituency.

When the MDC split in 2005, Sikhala went with the faction of the party led by then Secretary General Welshman Ncube. A few years later he broke away from Ncube’s party citing what he called dictatorial tendencies. He then formed his MDC-99, naming it after the year in which the once united MDC was formed.

It was during his tenure as the member of Parliament for St Mary's that he was involved in acts of violence ad sabotage when he was accused of torching a bus in Chitungwiza together with other rowdy youths.

Formation of MDC 99

After a fall of with the Welshman Ncube faction, Sikhala formed another political party which was named MDC 99. The party did not receive adequate support and suffered serious defeats in both parliamentary and presidential elections.

Rejoining MDC T

Sikhala and his fellow Joubert Mudzumwe have rejoined the opposition party led by Tsvangirai after quitting in 2005 after a spell in the “political wilderness”. The former St Mary’s MP said he would support Tsvangirai despite growing calls for the former prime minister to step down as party leader. Sikhala told a press conference at MDC-T headquarters in Harare that he decided to return to the mainstream MDC, which was [3] in turmoil and leadership crisis, so as to complete the change they started in 1999.,[3]

Coup Plot Allegations

Sikhala was in 2014 caught in the succession ZANU PF succession and factionalism saga. He was accused of being one of the co-plotters planning the assassination of president Robert Mugabe. State Media reported that Sikhala was infact working with the Mujuru camp led by vice President Joice Mujuru and included other ZANU PF hardliners such as Rugare Gumbo, Didymus Mutasa and Nicholas Goche.[4]

Arrest

Sikhala was arrested in November arrested at Beitbridge Border on his way from South Africa. He was quickly taken to Harare Central Police Station where he was quizzed on allegations of plotting to kill president Robert Mugabe. Soon after his release, Sikhala wrote on his Facebook page; "I am just waking up now after my release from the hands of Robert Mugabe's evil securocrats who tormented me from yesterday in the morning to early hours of today trying to squeeze charges that I am plotting the tyrant's overthrow. I told them that it is not only my desire to see Mugabe gone but it is the wish shared by million of Zimbabweans both locally and in the diaspora including the majority in his own party. I told them though it is the wish of us millions, I haven't yet started plotting his downfall. Asking for evidence about the plot, they produced an inaudible voice recorder which makes the Ari Ben Menashe one the best recordings in the world. You can hardly hear anything."[5]

Sikhala was represented by his lawyer who is also MDC's Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora. He was however released after the police failed to produce sufficient evidence against Sikhala.

The Beating

Outspoken Sikhala was allegedly brutally assaulted by police officers interrogating him on Saturday 29 Nov 2014. Sikhala was as a result of the assult admitted to a hospital with his blood pressure said to have risen to dangerous levels. According to Morgan Muchawaya who was running Sikhala’s Facebook page: “Our freedom fighter has been tortured today in the morning by security agents on the underground bunker at the Harare Central Police station. He was invited to report to the Law and Order yesterday late hours. “He was not in Harare as he was in his rural village, where he later made arrangements with his lawyer to report today in the morning. He then went to report this morning with his lawyer Alec Muchadehama.[6]

“His lawyer and some of us who accompanied him there, where refused to accompany him to the interrogation room. We were asked to stay outside for hours only to hear that the party had made contingent measures to take him to hospital. He is currently in hospital treated of torture pains.[6]

“His explanation is that, there was no interrogation they did to him but accused him of having gone to Swaziland to meet some white German national who wanted to give him arms of war to wage a war against the government.

“He also says that he was tortured being asked why he left MDC99 to regroup with Morgan Tsvangirai. They took all the possessions that were in his pocket. Sikhala says he never met any white person for sometime now and that he was in Swaziland on holiday after he was invited by his brother in law,” Muchawaya said.[6]


Some Articles About Job Sikhala

Job Sikhala Claims People Are Sabotaging Chamisa By Interfering In MDC-T Candidate Selection Process Thu May 17 2018

Sikhala Responds To Chiwenga’s Attack On Chamisa Tue May 15 2018

Warrant Of Arrest Out For Mzembi, Lawyer Claims He Is Critically Ill In SA Thu May 10 2018

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References

  1. , Job Sikhala, "BBC News", retrieved:28 Nov 2014"
  2. , Job Sikhala who impregnated his wife 9 times in 10 years gets arrested, "My Zimbabwe", published:27 Nov 2014,retrieved:28 Nov 2014"
  3. 3.0 3.1 , Sikhala rejoins MDC-T, backs Tsvangirai, "NewZimbabwe", published:13 Mar 2014,retrieved:28 Nov 2014"
  4. , Mujuru Backers Meet Job Sikhala, "Chronicle", published:20 Nov 2014,retrieved:28 Nov 2014"
  5. Job Sikhala, Job Sikhala, "Job Sikhala Facebook Page", published:28 Nov 2014,retrieved:28 Nov 2014"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 , Job Sikhala brutally assaulted (Pictures), "Nehanda Radio", published:29 Nov 2014,retrieved:01 Dec 2014"