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Court rejects Sikhala’s live broadcast request


Harare magistrate Marewanazvo Gofa has rejected an application by Zengeza West MP, Job Sikhala (MDC Alliance), to have his trial broadcast live.

Gofa ruled that Sikhala’s matter was of a private nature and not of public interest and therefore did not warrant live streaming. Said Gofa:

There is no prejudice of live streaming as it was done between Nelson Chamisa (Citizens Coalition for Change leader) and President Emmerson Mnangangwa in the High Court because it was in the public interest and yours is of a private concern, hence your reason does not stand.

It is clear that live streaming can be done if the matter is of public interest and in this case, we are dealing with a case of one private issue and not of public interest.


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