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Sunday Mail Editor ‘is Baba Jukwa’

Sunday Mail Editor, Edmund Kudakwashe Kudzayi, was yesterday “unmasked” as the brains behind the popular Facebook page Baba Jukwa in the magistrates court.

BY CHARLES LAITON

This followed his arrest and detention over allegations of attempting to overthrow the government, charges that brought him to court yesterday.

Clad in a checked jacket, sky blue shirt, maroon tie and a navy-blue soiled trousers, Kudzayi, who was in handcuffs, arrived at the Harare Magistrate Court under heavy police guard led by Assistant Commissioner Chrispen Makedenge, officer commanding CID Law and Order section.

He was later led into court room number 6, where before proceedings started, he managed to crack a joke with several journalists saying: “You reporters must learn to greet your bosses, remember I am still the Editor. I am your boss.”

Kudzayi (28), of 65 Brooks Drive Hillside in Harare, was picked up by law enforcement agents on Thursday last week and charged with subverting a constitutional government or alternatively attempting to commit an act of insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism.

The “computer guru”, according to the police, was also charged with publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state or alternatively undermining authority of or insulting the President.

According to police investigations, Kudzayi, acting in connivance with his elder brother who is said to be still at large, Phillip Tawanda, together with other unnamed suspects, created a Gmail account called babajukwa2013@gmail.com using an Econet line number 0771 446 541 registered in Phillip’s name.

It is alleged the said Gmail account, whose Econet line is still being used by Phillip, was used to create a Facebook account called Baba Jukwa.

Harare Provincial Magistrate Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe remanded him in custody to tomorrow for his bail application after Chief Law Officer, Tawanda Zvekare and his (Kudzayi’s) lawyer Joseph Mandizha agreed to have the matter postponed.

Allegations against Kudzayi are that sometime in April last year, he connived with his elder brother Phillip and the others still at large, whereupon they “hatched a plan to overthrow the government by unconstitutional means” in the run up to July 31 general elections.

The State alleges, Kudzayi planned and organised with some of his colleagues calling themselves, The Gunda Nleya Brigade and Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army, to overthrow the government “through waging a war” and urged people to join the Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army.

Pursuant to their plans, it is alleged, Kudzayi posted articles on the Baba Jukwa Facebook page which reportedly encouraged rebellion against the government if the July 31 general election were stolen.

The State also alleges Kudzayi and his group further posted articles on the social networking platform to the effect that they had a Dare Rechimurenga in place and that a team was on the ground studying and monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe.

The State however, contends that Kudzayi’s creation of Baba Jukwa Facebook page was “meant for the consumption of Zimbabweans and to whip-up emotions from those who would have read the said articles on Baba Jukwa’s Facebook account.

On May 11 this year, The Sunday Mail, according to police, published a story about the identity of Baba Jukwa titled, Hackers unmask Baba Jukwa but investigations however, revealed that Kudzayi, the editor of the paper, was the one in control of the Baba Jukwa Gmail account as his details were on the recovery panel of the said account.

The police however, argue that their investigations revealed that the said account was never hacked.

The State also alleges that on August 7 2008 Kudzayi wrote and published an article in the Zimbabwe Mail online publication attacking the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

In the said article, according to the State, Kudzayi went on to “falsely label the President a dictator who commits gross human rights abuses” and further accusing him of having stolen the 2008 elections and that he had been presiding over an economic collapse.

He further called the President “a tyrant” and accused him of taking the land from the white farmers and giving it to his cronies and not the people of Zimbabwe.

Kudzayi was also charged for not ensuring that his ammunition recovered by police in his house was properly secured.

18 Responses to Sunday Mail Editor ‘is Baba Jukwa’

  1. justice June 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    There is of course another charge which police have yet to consider.
    accessory to murder.
    On the facebook site is a picture of a decaying body.
    How did he know the body was there when clearly from the decomposition police or others did not find the body?
    Did the police find the body and hold up collection until he photographed it, I mean does this happen???
    Only a person involved in the murder could know the location of a decaying body in the bush!

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  2. Musona June 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Melodramatic nonsense. Editor of a national newspaper aged only 28 years! What does he know about Zimbabwe’s politics? Unless you were present when NDP, then Zapu and later Zanu was formed then there is no way you can write authoritatively about Zimbabwe’s politics. I never read what these young journalists write. All fiction.
    Double standards being applied here – why are other accused persons on lesser charges brought to court in dirty khaki prison garb and in leg irons but this chap is dressed in tie and jacket with jus handcuffs? This Kudzayi guy is politically well-connected. There’s a primitive feel to all this nonsense. Failing to secure ammunition (bullets) cannot be the same as failing to secure a firearm. A firearm without ammunition is equal dangerous because it can be used to threaten or rob but ammunition on its own is less harmless than a ballpoint pen – useless on its own.
    The “subverting the constitutional government” charge is laughable. Everyone knows ZanuPF has always stolen elections unconstitutionally. In other words, how can this regime say it is a “constitutional government” when it has always been in power unconstitutionally using coercion?

    • Drudge Report June 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

      Age ain’t nothing but a number. Most of the technology you’re using today was discovered by people way less than 28. So please calm down and stop being condescending simply bcoz of age.

      • Musona June 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

        @Drudge – what a fool! Nowhere in my comment have I made any mention of technology. Your sense of simple comprehension is very bad. I suggest you read again carefully and stop writing stupid replies. Idiot.

  3. Diibulaanyika June 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    At 28 yrs when did he gather the experience to run a big organisation like that one .Every one these days is a computer operator so nothing special about his papers. That is why our country has gone to the dogs everyone raw from school can be appointed to head crtical and big organisations. If he was computer clever why did he fail to hide himself?

  4. tatenda June 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    its better to have a 28yr old editor with fresh ideas for the future than the usual tired old bootlickers with a mindset that’s permanently stuck in liberation war mode 34 years after independence

  5. vision June 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    The only thing we’ve learnt from the ‘wise’ elders of our country is how to be corrupt, destroy a prosperous country & lastly how to make people suffer as much as possible. Madhara akadhakwa, pamberi ne young blood

  6. Munhu June 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    This case is dead on arrival because the line used to open baba Jukwas gmail account belongs to his brother. Though they were most likely working together, how do you prove the connivance in court? That’s why they put the unsecured firearms charge, that’s the only one that can stick

  7. Diibulaanyika June 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    At 28 you have no enough experience to run a big organisation Finish and kla you are still learning from those who have experience you are still to matured i do not mean one have . to be 90 no but at least 38 to 65.

  8. Max June 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    Baba Jukwa should be hanged to a Banana tree seven times.He knows better than that.
    A young and professional gentleman like him should be putting his energy on how to lure investors to come and built our country.
    Getting in investment in Zimbabwe is
    now our number one priority regardless of your political affiliation. Zimbabwe is
    hungry for financial help and development.Lets program our minds to be philosophers of financial Cash Flow in our country.

  9. Kangaroo June 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    Being 28 hazvina how many companies are run by young pple for example facebøok and they are performing, new blood is needed chatouraya nyika kuva nevanhu vakura vari outdated vachikufunga hondo nxa

  10. Musona June 23, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Why do these on-line newspapers owned by Trevor Ncube have sections for comments from readers when all they do is employ their staff to pose as reader(s) and post silly responses. You are uncomfortable with readers’ comments so why have his section?
    All the above comments and replies are from Standard staffer(s) posing as ordinary readers.

  11. Musona June 23, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Why do these on line newspapers owned by Trevor Ncube have sections for comments from readers when all they do is employ their staff to pose as reader(s) and post silly responses. You are uncomfortable with readers’ comments so why have this section?
    All the above comments and replies are from Standard staffer(s) posing as ordinary readers. It’s the same at Newsday and The Independent.

  12. war vet June 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    dangerous living esp. in such type of political atmosphere whch is hot

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    ITS NOT ABOUT AGE
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    Together with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, Zuckerberg launched Facebook from Harvard’s dormitory rooms.[9] The group then introduced Facebook onto other campuses nationwide and moved to Palo Alto, California shortly afterwards. In 2007, at the age of 23, Zuckerberg became a billionaire as a result of Facebook’s success. The number of Facebook users worldwide reached a total of one billion in 2012. Zuckerberg was involved in various legal disputes that were initiated by others in the group, who claimed a share of the company based upon their involvement during the development phase of Facebook.

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    NEW GENERATION
    GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN PHYSICAL POWER OR WAR CREDENTIALS WOULD SEE RISING ABOVE MOST PEOPLE.WE ARE NOW LIVING IN A GENERATION OF INTELLECTUALS.THESE ARE YOUR EDMUNDS AND MORE.AND VERY SOON WE ARE GOING TO WITNESS A GENERATION WHICH COMBINES POWER AND INTELLIGENCE AND MOST ABOVE ALL SPIRITUAL.

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