'State media boss is Baba Jukwa'

HARARE - Edmund Kudzayi, the Sunday Mail editor, who was sensationally arrested on Thursday, yesterday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court and was charged with insurgency, terrorism, banditry, sabotage, subverting a constitutionally elected government and not securing firearms.

He appeared before Harare magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe, who remanded him in custody to Monday.

Kudzayi also stands accused of publishing falsehoods in an article critical of President Robert Mugabe.

The 28-year-old who arrived at the Rotten Row courts on the back of a single cab truck, was escorted by assistant commissioner Crispen Makedenge,  the officer commanding Criminal Investigations Department Law and Order division in Harare among other police officers.

He appeared relaxed in court and even joked with a reporter from the Sunday Mail while seated in the dock saying: “Don’t forget I’m still your boss.”

If found guilty of the offences, Kudzayi, could face life imprisonment.

He is also accused of conniving with his older brother Phillip Tawanda Kudzayi and others who are still at large to overthrow the Mugabe regime in the run-up to last year’s harmonised elections.

The State argues that a gmail account called babajukwa2013@gmail.com was registered using Tawanda’s mobile number before the creation of the Baba Jukwa Facebook account.

According to the State, Kudzayi and his accomplices allegedly planned and organised themselves to form what they termed  the Gunda Nleya Brigade as well as the  Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army ready to overthrow the government by waging a war.

The State also alleges that they had put in place a Dare Rechimurenga (War Council) to study the Zimbabwe situation during elections while also posting Facebook articles encouraging rebellion if the election was stolen.

On May 11 this year, the Sunday Mail published a story titled Hackers unmask Baba Jukwa.

However, police believe that Kudzayi was Baba Jukwa as he was in control of the Baba Jukwa gmail account.

In the second count, Kudzayi is being accused of publishing articles branding Mugabe a dictator in the full knowledge that the facts may not be accurate. 

Prosecutor Tawanda Zvekare, from the Prosecutor General’s Office, said the article falsely labelled Mugabe a dictator who commits gross human rights abuses.

The article, according to Zvekare, stated that Mugabe stole the 2008 elections and that he presided over the country’s economic collapse.

“He further called the president a tyrant and accused him of taking the land from white farmers and giving it to his cronies and not the people of Zimbabwe,” read part of the charge sheet.

Kudzayi was also found with four rounds of ammunition at his home while another nine rounds were recovered at his work office.

Reads part of the charge sheet: “Sometime in April 2013, the accused connived with his elder brother Philip Tawanda Kudzayi and others who are still at large and hatched a plan to overthrow the Government of Zimbabwe by unconstitutional means in the run up to the 31st July 2013 Zimbabwe General elections.

“Accused created a gmail account called babajukwa2013@gmail.com using an Econet line registered to Philip Tawanda Kudzayi which line is being used by him. The said gmail account was used to create a Facebook account called Baba Jukwa.

“The accused planned and organised with other accused persons calling themselves, The Gunda Nleya Brigade and Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army, to overthrow the Government through waging war and urged people to join the Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army.

“The accused posted articles on the Baba Jukwa Facebook page which encouraged rebellion against the government if the said election is stolen.

“They also posted articles to the effect that they had a Dare Rechimurenga in place and that a team was on the ground studying the situation in Zimbabwe.”

Comments (27)

This case raises more questions about Jonathan Moyo's judgement or motives in hiring Kudzayi as an editor in the first place and also Zanu-PF's supposedly lack of gratitude for the accused's role in the party's "victory" in July 2013. The 'poor judgement thesis' would suggest Moyo did not thoroughly vet the accused before appointing him. That raises questions for the role of the CIO in the "sensitive" recruitment process. Secondly, was Moyo's 'perestroika' a sincere process or a ruse? Some of the answers are emerging. Finally, is Zanu-PF again trying to divert public attention from the crumbling economy and the chocking corruption?

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 23 June 2014

34 years in power and you are angry if people say you are a dictator hahahahahahahhehehehehehehihihihihihhiohohohohohhuhuhuhuhhu

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joe - 23 June 2014

So why did they kill Chindori-Chininga claiming he was Baba Jukwa?

omega - 23 June 2014

I feel sorry for the innocent souls being labelled Baba Jukwa. Elsewhere we read Baba Jukwa has struck again.One really wonders how this Baba Jukwa can strike when he is behind bars.! Is this not another ZANU PF trick to divert our attention from the free fall economy??? But who really cares about this Baba Jukwa???

DZIVADIVAREMBWA - 23 June 2014

So what?? ?? about Baka Juka. Fix the danm economy Mr. President.

Zuruvi - 23 June 2014

economy guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

haya - 23 June 2014

Sika kutsvaga Baba Jukwa iyo nyika ichingoparara kudayi. Hanzi Zimbabwe is a sovereign state&will never be a colony again neglob trotting iyoyi? Whoever said they want to recolonize this empty basket??Where is your Zim dollar??? Shame maningi sitereki !!!

KUPARARA KWAYONYIKA - 24 June 2014

This guy is the real Baba Jukwa. I have pondered over and over why a young man of 28 years of age, (with no political history or prior political attachment to Zanu PF) would suddenly emerge as Zanu PF defender. I am asking "what was his motive for joining Zanu PF", certainly not for the love of the party nor admiration for Mugabe. He has written negative stuff about Mugabe so we can safely assume his position. He was just dumb because he know the net was closing in that is why he unleashed a story (remember Sunday Mail) about Baba Jukwa being exposed. This was his attempt to throw the hawks on the wrong trail. Trust me, at this point if I was him I would have packed and left for the UK before being exposed. This man had a motive: to infiltrate Zanu PF and destroy it from within. I doubt very much whether Jono even knew about this plot. People give Jono too much credit. He is not the only smart person born out of Zimbabwe. This boy was smart because he hatched a plan that actually worked, though to a limited extent. I think after the elections he lacked vision after his mission had failed to useat Zanu PF. Or perhaps he working on a new project. Maziwisa is anther one Zanu PF should watch closely. These boys have no love for Zanu PF, they have a motive.

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Ammy - 24 June 2014

Zanu PF fix the economy you destroyed. Hatidyi nyaya dzakunyepera vanhu isu. To hell with you and you clueless leader. you are trying to divert our attention. Chinoshamisira nemi chii? In case you don't know, war is still coming, taneta nemi.

TANETA - 24 June 2014

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protestor - 24 June 2014

this makedenge guy is more of a political figure like so many of these so-called detectives. remember he was also at the scene during the mujuru death investigations. this is yet another political ploy.

zora - 24 June 2014

fix the economy issues, why spend much of your time telling the nation about jukwa, auraya vanhu here jukwa wacho. free the man he has done nothing wrong

chakas - 27 June 2014

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