Citizens Coalition for Change senior member Job Sikhala has paid tribute to Bulawayo Mayor David Coltart for standing with him during persecution.

Sikhala said he respects Coltart for supporting him while his colleagues including the party leader disserted him.

The former Zengeza MP has been in prison for almost 600 days for incitement of public violence

Sikhala also thanked the award winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who made efforts to fundraise money for him and his family.

“They stood with my wife and children. They filled the void created by the incacerated father”. said Sikhala.