MDC-Alliance's Zengeza West MP-elect Job Sikhala abducted by armed soldiers, gunshots fired at his home


MDC Alliance's MP-elect for Zengeza West, Job Wiwa Sikhala a senior official within the MDC-T (Chamisa) and prominent lawyer has been abducted from his St Mary’s home by suspected armed soldiers.

Members of his family and neighbours said suspected members of the Zimbabwe National Army opened fire at Sikhala's residential home a day after the skirmishes in the capital that left at least 3 people dead.

Before being abducted, Job Sikhala had managed to write on his Facebook page that he was under attack from armed assailants.

"Gunshots at my house as I speak. Family scared but am reassuring them that I am prepared to die and they should move on if those doing so decide to kill me,” Sikhala posted on his blog.

The incident which is said to have taken place at around midnight, comes just a few hours after MDC supporters protested in Harare near Rainbow Towers Hotel (formerly Sheraton Hotel) which is just a stone throw away from Zanu PF headquarters, before government unleashed armed soldiers who massacred the unarmed civilian protestors, leaving at least three people dead.

This is not the first time Job Sikhala has been abducted or tortured. In 2010 It was reported that Sikhala was abducted after police allegedly ordered his arrested before he was whisked away and taken to an undisclosed location.

Prior to that, Job Sikhala was in the early days of the MDC formation arrested and tortured for eight hours with the protagonists even attaching electrodes to his genitaIs and giving him electric shocks, he later revealed. The outspoken MDC-T founding member who now also works for Tendai Biti Law Firm as a legal practitioner revealed that he was beaten on the soles of his feet with planks of wood and was forced to drink toxins and urlne.

Following his arrest in 2010, Sikhala was charged with insulting then President Robert Mugabe and possession of arms of war. However, he was found not guilty of both charges and therefore acquitted.

In 2015, Sikhala warned the abductors of journalist and Human Rights activist Itai Dzamara that they might be attracting avenging spirits not to themselves but to their entire families in the name of fighting for dictatorship.

Dzamara disappeared on 09 March 2014 after he was allegedly abducted by suspected state agents. Outspoken former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Professor Jonathan Moyo, has since last year been alleging that information gathered through his investigations reveal that Dzamara was not abducted by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), but by the Military Intelligence Department (MID).

Dzamara was a prominent journalist-cum- MDC-T activist who openly opposed and criticized Former President Mugabe's administration. He went as far as staging one-man demonstrations near Parliament Building, demanding that Mugabe should resign. Since 9 March 2014, Dzamara has not been found.

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