Zimbabwe's outspoken MP calls on UN to intervene

It's high time the United Nations intervenes in the crisis in Zimbabwe. That's the view of the main opposition MDC Alliance's outspoken Vice Chairman and MP, Job Sikhala. He's been detained in maximum-security remand prison for a month. Sikhala was arrested last month and charged with promoting violence after organising anti-government protests. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG -It's high time the United Nations intervenes in the crisis in Zimbabwe.

That's the view of the main opposition MDC Alliance's outspoken Vice Chairman and MP, Job Sikhala.

He's been detained in maximum-security remand prison for a month.

Sikhala was arrested last month and charged with promoting violence after organising anti-government protests.

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Sikhala is one of more than a dozen anti-government activists who went into hiding after police issued an alert seeking information leading to their arrest ahead of anti-government protests planned for July 31. He's been held at the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison for the past month and has finally been granted 50,000 Zimbabwe dollars (US$500) bail by the High Court.

“There is gross abuse and also breach of international law as far as issues of human rights are concerned in Zimbabwe. Torture is an international crime, abduction is an international crime and these are things being practiced in our country on a daily basis. Reports have been put in place and we wonder why the United Nations quiet about this and we call upon the international body to deal with the Zimbabwe question once and for all,” said Sikhala.

The former student leader and lawyer who has been arrested 65 times but has never been convicted since he began his activism in late 90s, says the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security prison in Harare where he was jailed is hell on earth and should be shut down.

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“The conditions at Chikurubi Maximum Prison is that it is not worth human habitation, not at all standards. It's one prison which must be condemned and in the new order we are going to make sure that we shut down that horrific infrastructure, which the government is saying it's a prison, into a museum,” he added.

The Zengeza West MP added that despite being jailed he won't give up trying to end human rights abuses in his country.

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eNCA