'Name Baba Jukwa ministers'

HARARE - Didymus Mutasa, the Zanu PF administration secretary, says the Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi should name the ministers who worked with him on the  Facebook character Baba Jukwa.

This comes as detectives yesterday reportedly questioned some staffers in the Social Media Department at Herald House to “verify some information” over the charges preferred against the editor of the state-controlled Sunday Mail.

Mutasa yesterday said the 28-year-old editor should stop accusing government officials of targeting him and said instead he should name the ministers “he worked with on Baba Jukwa”.

“The party never had anything to do with Baba Jukwa,” Mutasa told the Daily News on Sunday. “Where are the ministers who want to fix him? What we are interested in is pursuing the law. If he tells us the ministers who were involved, we will be pleased to know their names. Ngaarege kutitaurira zvenhando (He should not tell us rubbish).”

Formed in March last year, the Facebook character churned  out a daily blizzard of posts, waging a furious information war ahead of the July 31, 2013 presidential elections against Zanu PF — the party of which he claims to be a member.

The State claims it has traced the mysterious yet stupendously popular blogger Baba Jukwa’s account to Kudzayi.   Following his arrest on Thursday last week, Kudzayi was on Saturday charged with “attempting to commit an act of insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism” and “subverting the constitutional government.”

All of the charges carry a life sentence.

Authorities accused Kudzayi of being the anonymous Facebook blogger “Baba Jukwa.” The blog, by a purported mole within the ruling Zanu PF party, disclosed allegations of assassination plots and corruption within the ruling party.

The Sunday Mail editor denies he is Baba Jukwa, whose page had some 409 260 followers as of yesterday, but has since admitted that he is Amai Jukwa. He claims that he received payment from the military to trace the people behind the Baba Jukwa account. It is not clear how much of taxpayers’ money was used to bankroll his consultancy.

He claims he is being victimised by “powers that be” who wrongly believe that he belongs to a certain Zanu PF faction.

Kudzayi sensationally claims that Cabinet ministers caused his arrest to appease President Robert Mugabe following his outburst that Zanu PF had been infiltrated by “weevils” that had to be rooted out.

Kudzayi is currently languishing in remand prison after the High Court on Friday deferred his bail hearing to Thursday this week to give the State time to prepare a response to his voluminous bail application.

According to the police, Kudzayi, his brother Philip, and 10 others who are dotted across the world, were part of the Baba Jukwa syndicate.

The UK-based The Zimbabwean newspaper publisher Wilf Mbanga and his wife Trish, Johannesburg-based reporter Mxolisi Ncube, and computer programmers Walter Shoko,  Samson Chifamba, George Chirakasha,  Animie Drew, Piniel Nhokodi, Romeo Musemburi and Sarudzai Florence were named by police as being linked to the enigmatic Baba Jukwa, who has gone uncharacteristically quite since his last Facebook post last Monday.

But Kudzayi says the  allegations levelled against him “are not only laughable but a clear abuse of the criminal justice system by those in the high corridors of power who are afraid that I can use my technological expertise to expose those who actually supplied the real Baba Jukwa with blow by blow details of sensitive meetings with Zanu PF and the government of Zimbabwe.”

Kudzayi claims that he is being haunted by ministers who wrongly suspect him of belonging to a particular faction.

During the burial of the late national hero Nathan Shamuyarira, Mugabe admonished some ministers for taking factional feuds to the media.

The ruling party, that is hurtling towards a crucial congress in December, is divided along two major factions, one reportedly led by Vice President Joice Mujuru and the other by the powerful Justice minister Emerson Mnangagwa. The two are widely regarded as the front-runners to succeed 90-year old Mugabe.

Mutasa, who is also the minister of State in the President’s Office, yesterday said Kudzayi “should tell us which faction he was working for.”

He claims he was involved with the Team Zanu PF campaign.

Kudzayi has said that Amai Jukwa was a pro-Zanu PF blogger. However, he launched unrestrained attacks on Mutasa himself, Mujuru, ex-Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono,  opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, among top officials.

Comments (28)

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deeds - 29 June 2014

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 30 June 2014

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Konscious - 30 June 2014

My take on Baba Jukwa is that Baba Jukwa now sees that Zimbabwean security is no walk in the park. Other would be cyber terrorists are now in check . I am quite sure if ever we are going to witness another Baba Jukwa Sukwa Rukwa or whatever pseudo name one might choose to acquire for onself they are likely to know that its a minefield out there ! What Baba Jukwa did constitutes terror and terrorism and convulsions of a political process in Zimbabwe. It becomes very clear that this Jukwa guy wanted to put Zimbaweans' pysche out of order by causing dispondency, confusion and anxiety before , during and after the elections. Zimbabweana were held at intellecdtual ransom by Baba Jukwa's careless and wanton comments about our political leadership. I am talking of whoever is the real Baba Jukwa. Its most likely that Baba Jukwa might be a cartel of individuals bent on making Zimbabwea ungovernable this obviously inculdes those calling for ZIDERA and other punitive measures imposed on the country. So the word treason comes to mind quickly. Chamisa once uttered carelessly if your news papers care to check that he would reveal"the identity" of Baba Jukwa . Now if he thinks everybody has forgotten I think he should also be tasked to elaborate or assist Police with investigations. Why not ?

Konscious - 30 June 2014

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Konscious - 30 June 2014

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Konscious - 30 June 2014

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Konscious - 30 June 2014

THANKS TO DAILY NEWS FOR OFFERING THIS COMMENT PLATFORM, IT SHOWS YOU EXCELLENCY IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I have not heard any comment from you guys about those Aljazeera journalists detained and sentenced to 7 years in Egypt. Other journalists the world over are protesting but you guys are simply quiet why ?

Konscious - 30 June 2014

'Baba Jukwa, who has gone uncharacteristically quite ' .Fungi Kwaramba, It should be 'uncharacteristically quiet'.

Zivai - 30 June 2014

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Konscious - 30 June 2014

THANKS TO DAILY NEWS FOR OFFERING THIS COMMENT PLATFORM, IT SHOWS YOU EXCELLENCY IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I have not heard any comment from you guys about those Aljazeera journalists detained and sentenced to 7 years in Egypt. Other journalists the world over are protesting but you guys are simply quiet why ?

Konscious - 30 June 2014

THANKS TO DAILY NEWS FOR OFFERING THIS COMMENT PLATFORM, IT SHOWS YOU EXCELLENCY IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I have not heard any comment from you guys about those Aljazeera journalists detained and sentenced to 7 years in Egypt. Other journalists the world over are protesting but you guys are simply quiet why ?

Konscious - 30 June 2014

THANKS TO DAILY NEWS FOR OFFERING THIS COMMENT PLATFORM, IT SHOWS YOU EXCELLENCY IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I have not heard any comment from you guys about those Aljazeera journalists detained and sentenced to 7 years in Egypt. Other journalists the world over are protesting but you guys are simply quiet why ?

Konscious - 30 June 2014

THANKS TO DAILY NEWS FOR OFFERING THIS COMMENT PLATFORM, IT SHOWS YOU EXCELLENCY IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I have not heard any comment from you guys about those Aljazeera journalists detained and sentenced to 7 years in Egypt. Other journalists the world over are protesting but you guys are simply quiet why ?

Konscious - 30 June 2014

THANKS TO DAILY NEWS FOR OFFERING THIS COMMENT PLATFORM, IT SHOWS YOU EXCELLENCY IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I have not heard any comment from you guys about those Aljazeera journalists detained and sentenced to 7 years in Egypt. Other journalists the world over are protesting but you guys are simply quiet why ?

Konscious - 30 June 2014

THANKS TO DAILY NEWS FOR OFFERING THIS COMMENT PLATFORM, IT SHOWS YOU EXCELLENCY IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I have not heard any comment from you guys about those Aljazeera journalists detained and sentenced to 7 years in Egypt. Other journalists the world over are protesting but you guys are simply quiet why ?

Konscious - 30 June 2014

Much as I sympathize with this young guy he got himself in this mess . These guys you were working for are heartless and you are learning the hard way. If God gave you intelligence he did not not make you an authority over him over his people. What did this young guy think he was doing? Leaving your job to come and did consultancy work for his evil party using the poor Zimbabweans tax money. Why was he attacking some people on his blog? Those jingles on Tsvangirai in the rum up to the sham election of 2013. Using your intelligence given by God to do such shameless technological adverts that bring down other people's characters and you claim to be innocent. You should have known that the chickens will come home to roost and have they not. Young and old people alike be warned out there. This is what the evil party does. After using you you get flashed out like a used tissue paper. It makes me remember the late Edison Zvobgvo saying ZANU-PF isinjonjo tamba wakachenjera

vongai - 30 June 2014

Edmund Kudzayi.. go ahead and tell the nation who those sell outs are ndozvatakatomirira kunzwa izvozvo. What are you waiting for . What is laughable is that you claim to not only have the information but the technological expertise and yet you are meandering on exposing those you say are involved, it seems you know everything you know you know spit it out boy ! What kind of mukana do you want to be given ?

Konscious - 30 June 2014

Do not dherera Zim CIO team,they have all the strategies to ensure that he speak out.At the mean time they are using soft approach as thy advance to aggressive.Ask the likes of Morgan Tsvangirai,Philip Chiyangwa and others.After the experience,they started playing their games right.Kudzai is safe kureets ikoko than anywhere else.They will never let him go unpunished.They are good at their job.But the truth shall set him free

samuel - 1 July 2014

He is saying he is not Baba Jukwa but Mai Jukwa so he does not know who passed information to baba Jukwa because he says he is not baba jukwa so if you ask him to name ministers who supplied himwith information he will ask you to read Mai Jukwa posts and see who the Ministers are. Firts he has to be proved kuti he is Baba Jukwa then if he is then he can now say who gave him all those stories, but for now he is Mai Jukwa.

Maita Manyuka - 1 July 2014

This Baba Jukwa young man is a spoil t child - nhundira matsime - and the rod should not be spared on him. Chitototo that causes despondency and alarm to peace loving citizenry.

dungas - 4 July 2014

this guy thinks he is smarter than everyone else around. considering the explosive nature of the page" baba jukwa" and the storm of media and public attention it created , its high time the relelevent authorities see to it that he pays the altimate price fof his actions

able "goodyear" weathers - 5 July 2014

ITS SO SUPRISING PEOPLE ARE NOW TURNING THEIR BACKS AGAINST THIS BABA JUKWA GUY YET WE ALL KNEW HIM BY LIKING HIS PAGE ON FACEBOOK. ITS A PITY HE IS ARRESTED BUT MOST OF US WHERE CHEARING AND ULULATING WHEN HE WAS POSTING HIS ARGUMENTS

TREVOR - 6 July 2014

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