Zimbabwe opposition politician and former MP Job Sikhala has regained his freedom after a record five hundred and ninety-five days on pre-trial remand.
A Harare magistrate sentenced Sikhala and his co-accused, MP Godfrey Sithole, to a two-year, suspended term for five years.
Sithole was granted bail after five months on remand as they were both convicted of inciting public violence.
Sikhala’s lawyers say they will appeal against the conviction at the High Court.
He was arrested in June 2022 and charged with encouraging the violence that followed the discovery of the dismembered body of Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) activist More blessing Ali in a well, three weeks after she went missing and according to his lawyer, he is still facing charges of disorderly conduct, inciting violence and publishing falsehoods.