Baba Jukwa's remand refusal shot down

HARARE - Harare magistrate Milton Serima yesterday dismissed an application for refusal of further remand by Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Phillip.

The Sunday mail editor and his brother 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.

Serima said the state should be afforded enough time to gather evidence considering the complex nature of the offence.

He said that the accused persons should be patient and allow the state to finish extra-territorial investigations.

“They need to be patient and wait for assistant commissioner Crispen Makedenge to return from the United States. Both parties will be guided by Makedenge’s findings,” Serima said.

Makedenge is said to have visited Google and Facebook in California, as part of extra-terrotorial investigations into the matter.

In their application through their lawyer Admire Rubaya, they stated that the state had not produced any evidence for them to remain on remand.

The duo was further remanded to November 14 in the interim.

According to State papers, Edmund planned and organised with some of his accomplices under the banner of “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.

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I understand at the advert of our national independence we adopted the principle of reconcialiation and after the protracted internal struggles we had by the emergence of MDC which brought active democratic calls a lot transpired.it was a time of madness.lets call bygones be bygones.we need the intelligent young Edmund for a better Zim in to do.As much as Zanu pf failed to deal with its succession issue it also failed to build the young people into patriots and give them education about their history that they could grow passionate about their origin.Consequently,as disgruntled young people they were easily swayed or moved by events of the day.Our leaders ought to be sober enough and ask themselves what have they done since our national independence to teach the young people who were are where we are coming from and where we are going?NO NO NO

carson Macate - 7 October 2014

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