Baba Jukwa exposes threat to fair election

HARARE - Amid fears that Zimbabwe is headed for another disputed election, the observer to whom almost every Zimbabwean is turning for guidance is an anonymous “concerned father” and alleged renegade member of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party, with more than 300 000 Facebook followers.

“Baba Jukwa,” who launched his page in March and seems to have so much inside knowledge that many believe he is in the Zanu PF hierarchy.

On Tuesday’s eve of the vote, Baba Jukwa issued a flurry of Facebook updates, exposing an alleged State intelligence agent whom he said planned to identify and abduct anti-Mugabe campaigners in the Mufakose area, and citing a source in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission as exposing plans to stage a 54 percent outright win for Mugabe.

Mugabe, 89, who has ruled for 33 years, promised on Tuesday at a Harare news conference that he would step down if not reelected.

“If you lose, you must surrender to those who won. We will do so,” he told reporters, denying his party has ever rigged a vote.

“We have done no cheating — never, ever,” he said.

His nemesis, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has shared in an uneasy government with Mugabe since 2009, after a disputed election the previous year, has said he has no confidence in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

He threatened to release his own election results if there is any delay in the official announcement.

Tsvangirai’s party, the Movement for Democratic Change, issues its supporters red campaign T-shirts and its followers raise an open palm salute (in contrast to Mugabe’s trademark closed fist).

In an opinion piece published on Tuesday in the Washington Post, Tsvangirai accused the Zanu PF of rigging the vote.

“Robert Mugabe is attempting to steal Zimbabwe’s most important election. In the past month alone, Mugabe manipulated the already shambled voters’ rolls, keeping hundreds of thousands of eligible people from registering; abused presidential powers to change election laws; and unilaterally declared an illegal election. These are actions of a party whose ideology has failed but whose thirst for the personal spoils of power remains,” he wrote.

In 2008, the commission delayed releasing election results for five weeks.

The results showed Tsvangirai had more votes than Mugabe but not the outright majority required for a first-round win.

Tsvangirai pulled out of the runoff as the Zanu PF thugs unleashed violence across Zimbabwe, with 200 people killed.

In response to Times questions through Facebook messaging, Baba Jukwa predicted on Tuesday that Tsvangirai would win but that the ruling party, powerful security chiefs and the Electoral Commission would conspire to steal the election.

“Yes, Tsvangirai will win, but rigging might take its toll,” he said. Mugabe “will try to refuse to go, but I believe Tsvangirai will fight for office,” he said, criticising the complacent approach of observers from the African Union, who last week suggested conditions were in place for a free and fair election.

South African Development Community observers have also expressed satisfaction in the preparations by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

“It’s sad AU and Sadc are quiet on (rigging),” said Baba Jukwa, who has published the phone numbers of the observers on his page, urging Zimbabweans to report irregularities to them.

Development community observers urged moderation during the vote, calling on “all political players to remain calm and exercise restraint in their actions and to avoid hate speech that would compromise the current peaceful atmosphere ahead of the polls.”

Many in Zimbabwe credit Baba Jukwa with predicting the death of a ruling party lawmaker, Edward Chindori-Chininga, in June, after he was accused of leaking information to Tsvangirai’s party.

Baba Jukwa published a photograph of Chindori-Chininga’s car smashed into a tree but with the driver’s compartment largely intact and the windshield unbroken. He claimed the “accident” was really a murder by Zanu PF thugs.

(Allegations have frequently been made that the Zanu PF uses staged car accidents to kill disloyal party members.)

He also claims on his Facebook page that the former army chief, Solomon Mujuru, who died in a 2011 house fire, was killed by the ruling party.

He claims he gathered information “when I was in government” and decided in March that the time was right to expose Mugabe and his regime.

“This is not only revealing secrets, but letting people know the truth about evil Mugabe and his inner circle,” he said in the Facebook answers to The Times.

“I won’t rest until I take these evil people to prison. I want to create a freedom of speech for everyone in the country and let the country and world know of these evil people.”

The International Crisis Group predicts disputed elections, saying conditions for a free and fair vote do not exist.

“A return to protracted political crisis, and possibly extensive violence, is likely, as Zimbabwe holds inadequately prepared presidential, parliamentary and local elections on July 31(yesterday). Conditions for a free and fair vote do not exist,” says a recent ICG report, titled “Mugabe’s Last Stand.”

The crisis group’s analyst for Southern Africa, Piers Pigou, criticised the failure of Zimbabwean electoral authorities to release an electronic copy of the voters’ roll in full to all parties well before polling day.

Hard copies of the rolls were only made available on Monday in ward centres where voting will take place.

“These guys are not behaving in a way that instils confidence, and that’s a problem,” Pigou said, also criticising African observers for their muted objections to the obvious problems, such as media bias, support for Mugabe by the country’s powerful security chiefs and lack of public confidence in the Electoral Commission.

“This all adds to a problematic environment,” Pigou said.

He added that the observers “cannot ignore the fact that senior political leaders like Morgan Tsvangirai are raising their concerns about the election. It feeds the suspicion that they (African observers) might be biased, and that in itself cannot be helpful.”

Comments (22)

Baba jukwa is a MDC-T hallucinatory and idiotic face book page. It is a very childish and foolish approach to Zimbabwe's highly literate population. The page has overworked in blocking comments from true Patriotic Zimbabweans, instead only a few hundred out of the 3000 000 plus followers are allowed to comment. Where are the rest of the large followers's comments - blocked because they are negative about the post. If at all those who are behind it clearly know that Zimbabweans 9 out of 10 despise it. It is from these statistics that the MDC T started crying foul before even one single vote was cast. What a nightmare they created for themselves, busy talking about cell numbers and idiotic stories on a face book page instead of campaigning like mater and serious politicians- which ZANU PF did delicately.

reason - 1 August 2013

iwe reason ...freedome of speech. when was the last time you were free to express an accurate opinion in zim about the workings of government without being arrested

mai jukwa - 1 August 2013

Hi Reason, Is there a Reason why you are so retarded. I think you are mentally ill my friend. You should have your brain checked out because of you failure to reason things in a logical manner.

james - 1 August 2013

kikiki, so all along you believed in baba jukwa, kikiki, if you could not read in between the lines that it was a propaganda page, chances are high that some time in life you are likely to loose a lot of your valuables to conman.

reason - 1 August 2013

Tsvangirai concerntrated nemaErections instead of Elections !!! Kikikikikiki Baba Jukwa haizi polling station and Biti is going to lose to the Mhata !!

ray - 1 August 2013

REASON ,l think they was a mistake on your birth certificate if this is your real name ,you do not reason as your name implies .PEOPLE like you are DICTATORS like your father MUGABE how do you come to conclusion that BABAJUKWA has no following 'my friend a lot of people read what this facebook page say on a daily basis unless of cause you are using a NOKIA 3310 LIKE YOURSELF ,we debate these thing via internet incase you don't know technology will end all dictatorships ,so go and reason now l rest my case

CASHTALK - 1 August 2013

Uyo anozviti Reason haana kukwana

Tich - 1 August 2013

Baba Jukwa - the cyber terrorist!!!!!!!

Mageja Siziba - 1 August 2013

Lovemore Moyo kkkkkkkkkkkkkk Erick Knight kkkkkkkkkkkk Masvingo ikkikkikikiki Manicaland kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Baba Jukwa - Ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!!!!!! Failed propaganda strategy kikikikik

muvengwa munondivengerei - 2 August 2013

Baba Jukwa, Roy Bennette, David Coltart, Tsvangirai and all other prolific sell outs, I hope you had a good sleep last night. We proggressive Zimbabweans had the best night ever, slept like babies and only woke up sunrise the next day. Baba Jukwa claimed 2 million followed him. Where are the 2 million? I am loughing at stupid Baba Jukwa. I am loughing at Roy Bennett. Oh, by the way, Roy, we are doing very well at the farm your forefathers stole from us through thuggery and murder. We are enjoying our land. How dare you urge people , Africans to fight each other for you? Gone are the days when whites would give two Africans one gun each and ask them to fight and watch it on tv. Gone are the days when whites would steal our wealth whilst we were at each other's throat, fighting. If Roy Bennet wants anyone to go into the streets then let his own sons and daughters go into the streets. No African will go into the streets to fight for the return of the scumbags like Bennet. Enjoy exile. We will enjoy our motherland, Zimbabwe. MDC is dead. Bennet is dead. We are loughing. We are loughing at your parents, your grand parents and all whites like you, Bennet, Hah, hah, hah, hah !!!!!!!

Naison Nyereyegona - 2 August 2013

Baba Jukwa, Roy Bennette, David Coltart, Tsvangirai and all other prolific sell outs, I hope you had a good sleep last night. We proggressive Zimbabweans had the best night ever, slept like babies and only woke up sunrise the next day. Baba Jukwa claimed 2 million followed him. Where are the 2 million? I am loughing at stupid Baba Jukwa. I am loughing at Roy Bennett. Oh, by the way, Roy, we are doing very well at the farm your forefathers stole from us through thuggery and murder. We are enjoying our land. How dare you urge people , Africans to fight each other for you? Gone are the days when whites would give two Africans one gun each and ask them to fight and watch it on tv. Gone are the days when whites would steal our wealth whilst we were at each other's throat, fighting. If Roy Bennet wants anyone to go into the streets then let his own sons and daughters go into the streets. No African will go into the streets to fight for the return of the scumbags like Bennet. Enjoy exile. We will enjoy our motherland, Zimbabwe. MDC is dead. Bennet is dead. We are loughing. We are loughing at your parents, your grand parents and all whites like you, Bennet, Hah, hah, hah, hah !!!!!!!

Naison Nyereyegona - 2 August 2013

Baba Jukwa, Roy Bennette, David Coltart, Tsvangirai and all other prolific sell outs, I hope you had a good sleep last night. We proggressive Zimbabweans had the best night ever, slept like babies and only woke up sunrise the next day. Baba Jukwa claimed 2 million followed him. Where are the 2 million? I am loughing at stupid Baba Jukwa. I am loughing at Roy Bennett. Oh, by the way, Roy, we are doing very well at the farm your forefathers stole from us through thuggery and murder. We are enjoying our land. How dare you urge people , Africans to fight each other for you? Gone are the days when whites would give two Africans one gun each and ask them to fight and watch it on tv. Gone are the days when whites would steal our wealth whilst we were at each other's throat, fighting. If Roy Bennet wants anyone to go into the streets then let his own sons and daughters go into the streets. No African will go into the streets to fight for the return of the scumbags like Bennet. Enjoy exile. We will enjoy our motherland, Zimbabwe. MDC is dead. Bennet is dead. We are loughing. We are loughing at your parents, your grand parents and all whites like you, Bennet, Hah, hah, hah, hah !!!!!!!

Naison Nyereyegona - 2 August 2013

Uyanya wena Reason Nja yo thuvi awuboni ukuthikwenzakeni lana Nxii hambo fa lan nja..

Mfana Ka Sobhuku... - 2 August 2013

Like Roy Bennert said last night on 1st TV those MDC-T candidates who have worn it is not time to celebrate but time to rethink it is as simple as not joing the New Government let ZANU PF go by it period. Kuzoti ana Welshman Ncube we cant sy anything they have been by Zimbabweans that they are non entities in Zimbabwean politics too much bragging and very arrogant this Ncube is how can a party of people win between 1 and 2 votes in a consituency not in Harare but also in Bulawayo *********************food for thought just stop politics Welshman

ISOLATION - 2 August 2013

It is the beginning of ZANUPHOBIC - Destruction of Zimbabwe through corruption which will go viral. One party state moroons.

chipolopolo - 2 August 2013

Baba Jukwa.kikikikikikikikikikiki!

Victor - 3 August 2013

Other than name calling of one another, i am of the opinion that we would gain much from accepting our differences and perhaps plan to work together for the betterment of our country. A few year of relative peace witnessed marked improvements though quite general in some key sectors of our economy. I am of the opinion that we can pray for our country such that peace and prosperity may be realised in Zim. Let us remember that politicians do no necessarily carry that much animosity against their opponents.

Pastor - 5 August 2013

In all due respect, why does one continue with the elections if he is deeply convinced the were not free and fair. Why would l vote for someone who convincingly would continue with the voting process knowingly there was rigging? All l can say, ZANU campaigned and that's why they won. I remember as early as last March l attented a rally in Kadoma where Vice President Mujuru campaigned. She took time to go and connect with the people and to convince the to vote for ZANU. Now, to say there was vote rigging, the elections weren't fair, is it because people voted against the empty assurance you had through Facebook? So how would he ordinary old woman in Mutare know about Jukwa...you should have campaigned Mr Tsvangirai, that's how politics work! even Obama campaigned and am sur you aren't as busy as he is. In the future, to survive in politics, you campaign and get the favor of the people by meeting their social and economic needs. Change, Change is rather shallow, express the Chant in policies and remember to ensure your supporters will vote. To conclude this, I feel you made an error to vote in Mt Pleasant! Why did you not go and vote in Manicaland? Mai Mujuru went to Mt Darwin, and President Mugabe went to Highfeild, why at least didn't you brand yourself with the middle class...why select the elite Mt Pleasant ? To show people you care you have to reduce yourself to their level!!!

Faith - 5 August 2013

In all due respect, why does one continue with the elections if he is deeply convinced the were not free and fair. Why would l vote for someone who convincingly would continue with the voting process knowingly there was rigging? All l can say, ZANU campaigned and that's why they won. I remember as early as last March l attented a rally in Kadoma where Vice President Mujuru campaigned. She took time to go and connect with the people and to convince the to vote for ZANU. Now, to say there was vote rigging, the elections weren't fair, is it because people voted against the empty assurance you had through Facebook? So how would he ordinary old woman in Mutare know about Jukwa...you should have campaigned Mr Tsvangirai, that's how politics work! even Obama campaigned and am sur you aren't as busy as he is. In the future, to survive in politics, you campaign and get the favor of the people by meeting their social and economic needs. Change, Change is rather shallow, express the Chant in policies and remember to ensure your supporters will vote. To conclude this, I feel you made an error to vote in Mt Pleasant! Why did you not go and vote in Manicaland? Mai Mujuru went to Mt Darwin, and President Mugabe went to Highfeild, why at least didn't you brand yourself with the middle class...why select the elite Mt Pleasant ? To show people you care you have to reduce yourself to their level!!!

Faith - 5 August 2013

Vamugabe pavaipfeka gemenzi jena maivaseka hanzi madzibaba Mugabe. Seka zvako juwachuwa.

juwachuwa - 5 August 2013

In all due respect, why does one continue with the elections if he is deeply convinced the were not free and fair. Why would l vote for someone who convincingly would continue with the voting process knowingly there was rigging? All l can say, ZANU campaigned and that's why they won. I remember as early as last March l attented a rally in Kadoma where Vice President Mujuru campaigned. She took time to go and connect with the people and to convince the to vote for ZANU. Now, to say there was vote rigging, the elections weren't fair, is it because people voted against the empty assurance you had through Facebook? So how would he ordinary old woman in Mutare know about Jukwa...you should have campaigned Mr Tsvangirai, that's how politics work! even Obama campaigned and am sur you aren't as busy as he is. In the future, to survive in politics, you campaign and get the favor of the people by meeting their social and economic needs. Change, Change is rather shallow, express the Chant in policies and remember to ensure your supporters will vote. To conclude this, I feel you made an error to vote in Mt Pleasant! Why did you not go and vote in Manicaland? Mai Mujuru went to Mt Darwin, and President Mugabe went to Highfeild, why at least didn't you brand yourself with the middle class...why select the elite Mt Pleasant ? To show people you care you have to reduce yourself to their level!!!

Faith - 5 August 2013

In politics you fight with the mouth not with erection. Morgan tsvangirai concetrated more on his erection than election whilst Mugabe was busy campaining and reassuring people

Truth - 7 August 2013

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