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Upenyu Chaota
MASVINGO— MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has claimed that he was blocked from paying a visit to the party’s deputy national chairperson Job Sikhala at Masvingo Remand Prison where he is held on charges of subversion.
Addressing thousands of party supporters at Mucheke Stadium this afternoon, Chamisa said he went Masvingo Remand Prison to see Sikhala but prison guards lied to him that he had been moved to Mutimurefu Prison.
Chamisa claimed the guards were under specific instructions to block him.
“Before I came here, I paid a visit to Masvingo Remand Prison wanting to see our deputy chairperson Sikhala but we were told he was at Mutimurefu. We drove to Mutimurefu and we were told Sikhala is at Masvingo Central Police Station.
“We drove back to Masvingo Central Police Station and we were told Sikhala is at Remand Prison and we went back there again. We were then told that there is an instruction to stop me from seeing Sikhala and anyone who let me in would be fired,” said Chamisa.
Chamisa said the prison officers were under instruction to call their superiors once he arrived and he waited for close to an hour while the prison officers went back and forth making phone calls.
“They were making phone calls to their bosses in Harare and they were told not to let us through. I told them that the end of Zanu PF is near and they should not abuse the law. The prison officers then told us that they were warned that if they allowed us in, they would be imprisoned,” said Chamisa.
Chamisa said riot police showed up from nowhere saying they had been sent to make sure that there were no disturbances at the prison.
Sikhala is expected to apply for bail at Masvingo High Court tomorrow, July 15.

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