A Harare Magistrate has dismissed Job Sikhala’s application for exception in a case where he is accused of obstructing the course of justice.
Sikhala, who is represented by Jeremiah Bhamu and Harrison Nkomo, appeared before Magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa,who dismissed his application.
The opposition politician had challenged the facts of the case saying they did not disclose an offence.
Sikhala also submitted that he was facing political persecution.
However, Gofa said the charges were clear, and that Sikhala had raised triable issues.
After dismissing the application, the State applied for the matter to be remanded to January 5 for trial, but Sikhala’s lawyers opposed the postponement..
The State represented by Lancelot Mutsokoti said the witnesses were not in attendance hence seeking postponement.
Sikhala’s lawyers said witnesses cannot be allowed to abscond court at the expense of their client who is in custody.
Gofa dismissed Sikhala’s submissions saying the trial cannot proceed without the witnesses.
Sikhala was later remanded to December 29, 30 and January 3 next year for a marathon trial.
Sikhala is accused of obstructing the cours of justice over is statements accusing Zanu PF of being behind the murder of oppositino activist Moreblessing Ali.
He faces a separate charge of incitement to violence following violent skirmishes at the Ali’s funeral.