Baba Jukwa case: Suspects further remanded

HARARE - Harare magistrate Milton Serima has dismissed an application for refusal of further remand filed by Edmund Kudzayi, the ex-Sunday Mail editor, accused of insurgency, terrorism, banditry, sabotage and attempting to subvert a constitutionally elected government.

Kudzayi, who is jointly charged with his brother Phillip, filed the application through their lawyer Admire Rubaya.

This was after prosecutor Sharon Mashavira had sought postponement of the trial to October 3, to allow the police to hold extra-territorial investigations.

The State wants detectives to visit the United States-based Facebook and Google firms. Facebook is headquartered in Menlo Park in California while Google is headquartered in Mountain View, also in California in the US.

But Rubaya said the delay was negatively affecting his clients and trampling on their rights.

However, Serima dismissed the application yesterday. He said that considering the complexity of the matter, the time that the pair has been on remand was reasonable.

He said the State should be afforded time to complete investigations.

Edmund and Phillip are accused of trying to unseat a constitutionally-elected government through the shadowy Baba Jukwa Facebook character in the run-up to last year’s general elections.

According to State papers, Edmund planned and organised with some of his accomplices under the banner of the “Gunda Nleya Brigade” and “Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army” to overthrow the government by “unleashing war”.

It is further alleged that Edmund posted articles on the Baba Jukwa Facebook page which reportedly encouraged rebellion against the government if the general elections were to be rigged.

Edmund allegedly created a gmail account titled babajukwa2013@gmail.com with Phillip and other accomplices.

They allegedly posted articles on the social networking platform suggesting that they had a Dare Rechimurenga or War Council in place. The council was reportedly on the ground studying and monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe.

The State also advised the court of its intention to merge the two brothers’ record with that of Romeo Musemburi, a University of Zimbabwe student, facing similar charges.

 

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