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I will sacrifice my life for the People: Sikhala

By Philemon Jambaya

An aspiring candidate for Zengeza West Constituency Job Sikhala says he ready to sacrifice his blood to save the people’s vote from being stolen in the upcoming general elections.

Zimbabwe is scheduled to hold elections on 30 July this year, but the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) which is charged with running elections has been accused of trying to favour Zanu PF at the expense of other political parties that successfully filed their nomination papers.

ZEC is currently at loggerheads with civic society organisations that specialise in elections to the extent that it has been taken to court on several occasions.

Addressing party supporters at Zengeza 2 Shopping Centre in Chitungwiza, Sikhala said he will not hold arms and watch ZEC rigging the people’s election.

“I am ready to sacrifice my life for the people of Zimbabwe, if Zanu PF and ZEC want to rig our victory then they should brace for a fight as we will not fold our hands and just sit idle,” he said.

Sikhala added that even if the military intervenes or interferes with the election, he will not be intimidated by their guns as he will be protecting the voice of the people.

“We are not afraid of their (army) guns, we have seen many dictators who are no longer there if the people say no it is a no and the will of the people should be respected and this time around the will of the people will be respected,” said Sikhala.

The former St Mary’s legislator also took the opportunity to pay tribute to former President Robert Mugabe for endorsing Nelson Chamisa’s candidature for the post of President.

“Even Mugabe who once led Zanu PF has endorsed our young and energetic president Advocate Nelson Chamisa, he has realised that the party he once led has destroyed the future of this country and Zimbabwe now needs fresh legs to run the affairs of the country,” he said

Meanwhile, Sikhala has said he is sure that Zanu PF will not get 2000 votes in Zengeza West, adding that should it happen it will be a very big surprise.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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