Police name more Baba Jukwa suspects

HARARE - Police yesterday revealed identities of nine persons, including the editor of a UK-based newspaper Wilf Mbanga, who they suspect of aiding Baba Jukwa’s cyber war targeting President Robert Mugabe, government ministers, senior government officials and security chiefs.

The Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi is currently languishing in remand prison facing charges of banditry, attempting to overthrow a constitutionally-elected government, plotting insurgency, terrorism and sabotage.

The State claims he is the man behind the Baba Jukwa page that rattled the ruling party ahead of last year’s harmonised elections.

In a statement, police said they were keen to investigate Mbanga and his wife Trish and Johannesburg-based reporter Mxolisi Ncube, who was initially named by the State media as Baba Jukwa.

Walter Shoko, a systems and software engineer, Samson Chifamba, a computer programmer, and another Zimbabwean, George Chirakasha, who are all based in the United Kingdom, are also wanted by the law enforcement agents.

According to the police, Animie Drew, Piniel Nhokodi, Romeo Musemburi and Sarudzai Florence were all part of the Baba Jukwa syndicate. Police claim they are the “administrators of the babajukwa2013@gmail.com and Baba Jukwa Facebook page.”

In his bail application at the High Court, Kudzayi, whose brother Philip, was also been nabbed on charges of aiding his sibling, claims he cannot be the mysterious Facebook mole, since the page was active on Monday when he was already behind bars.

But police say the fact that there are nine other persons involved explains “why Baba Jukwa Facebook is still very active.”

“The wanted persons are based in various global locations and network to post subversive articles on this page,” the police statement said.

Kudzayi denies the charges and in his founding affidavit accuses the state of having rushed to arrest him before doing conclusive investigations. He says the police must pool resources to travel to countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to trace Baba Jukwa.

“I have just been arrested by trigger happy people bent on hoodwinking their superiors as if they have done a brilliant job of nabbing the real Baba Jukwa,” Kudzayi said.

But police yesterday stuck to their guns, maintaining that they were going to investigate all those behind the sensational Facebook character.

“Police have cast the net wide and will ensure that the law takes its course on anyone engaged in subversive activities,” reads part of the police statement.

Comments (7)

Baba Jukwa ?@BabaJukwa Let's not forget, Amai Jukwa is Itayi Madison Garande who is a UK-based lawyer/journalist. his website http://www.simbaresourcesonline.com/Profiles.html#.UVtBF7_3C2w … Reply Retweet Favorite

Max - 28 June 2014

Amai Jukwa @AmaiJukwa · May 10 BABA JUKWA writing about himself in The Zimbabwean. So Funny http://www.thezimbabwean.co/news/zimbabwe/68066/baba-jukwa-the-giant-still.html … View summary Replied to 0 times

Max - 28 June 2014

Amai Jukwa @AmaiJukwa · May 1 Dudu doing well on stage. Still trying to understand why she is not in jail

Max - 28 June 2014

Amai Jukwa @AmaiJukwa · Mar 31 Iwe mwana iwe @Psy_Maziwisa ibva paphone. Trying to call.

Max - 28 June 2014

Amai Jukwa @AmaiJukwa · Mar 22 LOLEST RT "@luvjiz52: Gay men can't mary women sha im sorry RT @Pixthaminx: Lord bless me with a husband that hates football. Amen"

Max - 28 June 2014

Amai Jukwa @AmaiJukwa · Feb 24 Well done Uganda. Whilst I have reservations about your anti gay bill, I salute you for refusing to be intimidated. Uganda is for Ugandans.

Max - 28 June 2014

Amai Jukwa @AmaiJukwa · Feb 17 Zimbabweans don't know what oppression is. Busy cursing Mugabe freely on unfiltered internet. Newspapers attack govt daily. Nobody jailed.

Max - 28 June 2014

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