By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
Former Masvingo Central legislator, Jefferson Chitando is facing charges of inciting violence after he allegedly housed hundreds of people who later caused skirmishes at MDC National Vice Chair, Job Sikhala’s treason trial.
Chitando said although no charge had been put forward yet he was being accused of mobilizing the locals who disrupted Sikhala’s trial.
“They have not put forward any charge but they are alleging that l housed thousands of people at my house who later are the ones who are being accused of later causing violence the next day at the trial of Job Sikhala.They also accused me of participating, mobilizing and instigated people to cause violence.”
The former MDC MP will be represented by Martin Mureri.
He went onto describe the charges as a “desperate” move by the ruling party.
“This is a desperate move by the Mnangagwa regime and they should understand that using an iron fist in dealing with peace loving citizens will not solve the economic crisis and political crisis in the country. Democracy and the Rule of Law must be defended,” he said.
Other people arrested are Ward 4 councillor, Daniel Mberikunashe, Godfrey Kurauone, Kissmaker Mapote, Olivia Tobaiwa and Peter Chigamba and are being charged with malicious damage to property.
Sikhala has donated $10 000 for the defense fund through legal practitioners of reference which he said is meant to assist those who are under siege from the regime.