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Zimbabwe: Detained CCC Legislators Are Victims of Flouting Bail Conditions – Justice Minister Ziyambi Tells Parly

JUSTICE minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi told Parliament Wednesday that the continued detention of two opposition legislators was justifiable as they were notorious for flouting bail conditions involving previous offences.

He said the country’s laws were being applied fairly and rubbished claims of political targeting detained opposition legislators, Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole.

The MPs’ Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party has turned to Parliament to lobby against the pre-trial detention of the two lawmakers and 14 other opposition activists arrested in June.

They were arrested on allegations of inciting public violence in Nyatsime after the death of slain opposition supporter, Moreblessing Ali, whose mutilated remains were discovered days after she went missing.

Sikhala and Sithole have been languishing in prison with efforts to secure bail hitting a brick wall.

Opposition leaders have said the detentions were politically motivated.

CCC MP, Willias Madzimure challenged Ziyambi on why only opposition members were denied bail.

Ziyambi said he had no control over matters before the courts, arguing the political figures could be facing detention after previously flouting bail conditions.

“I would like to make it clear that we do not segregate before the courts of law. There is no discrimination, and there is no selective application of the law,” said the minister

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“Secondly, we are expected to consider a court case as it is. Those people who have been mentioned had their own stories before. They were even given bail before and they were told and instructed not to commit a crime as part of their bail conditions.

Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi

“One of the things was they were asked to move away from social media and to avoid certain language. When they went out, they repeated the very same things they were told not to do.”