Zimbabwe opposition MP charged with treason

MDC vice-chairman Job Sikhala was charged with treason after allegedly saying the party would overthrow the government.

Supporters of Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party gather for a rally to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the MDC at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare on October 27, 2018. Chamisa claims to have won the July 30 presidential election.

File: Supporters of Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party gather for a rally to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the MDC at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare on October 27, 2018. Chamisa claims to have won the July 30 presidential election.

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HARARE – Zimbabwe lawmaker Job Sikhala, vice-chairman of the opposition MDC party, was on Tuesday charged with treason after allegedly saying the party would overthrow the government before the next election, his lawyer said.

“He has been formerly charged with attempting to overthrow the government unconstitutionally,” his lawyer Obey Shava told AFP, saying his client denied the charges.

Zimbabweans have little faith in the economic record of the ZANU-PF government, which was led by President Robert Mugabe until 2017 when he was ousted in favour of current President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The country has recently endured another bout of sharply rising prices, with official inflation now at nearly 100 percent – the highest since the hyperinflation era when it hit 500 billion percent.

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