Baba Jukwa posts as Mail editor seeks bail

Edmund Kudzayi

Edmund Kudzayi

Pamela Shumba Bulawayo Bureau

PROSECUTORS last Saturday charged Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi for allegedly being Baba Jukwa, a shadowy Facebook blogger, but it still did not stop the posts.
Yesterday, Baba Jukwa, who had last updated his page on June 16, posted: “Good morning Zimbabwe. Please say a short simple prayer to God in your own mother tongue, so our nation can be blessed, and there can be more exposures of evils and all hidden treacheries, we are now almost there now, just one small step left.”

Police investigators say Kudzayi – who worked for Zanu-PF during the July 2013 elections harmonised elections – is behind the page which claims its author is a discontented senior Zanu-PF loyalist, although it promoted MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s election campaign in 2013.

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Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo yesterday confirmed that Kudzayi, a software developer and polemicist who lived in the United Kingdom until last year, was part of their election campaign team.

Kudzayi worked on several attack videos against the MDC-T as well as street billboards, including one showing Tsvangirai, MDC-T secretary Tendai Biti and organising secretary Nelson Chamisa smiling while reading the Zanu-PF manifesto.

“He was a member of the campaign team based at the Zanu-PF headquarters,” Cde Gumbo said last night. “I wouldn’t say I know him too well, I only saw him during the last days of the campaign.”

Kudzayi (28) was arrested last Thursday and charged with attempting to subvert a constitutionally elected Government or alternatively attempting to commit an act of insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism.

He was also charged with publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state, or alternatively undermining the authority of or insulting the President.

Police investigations claim, Kudzayi, acting in connivance with his elder brother, Phillip Tawanda, who is said to be still at large, created a Gmail account called [email protected] using an Econet line number 0771 446 541 registered in Phillip’s name.

It is alleged the said Gmail account, whose Econet line is still being used by Phillip, was used to create a Facebook account called Baba Jukwa.Pursuant to their plans, it is alleged, Kudzayi posted articles on the Baba Jukwa Facebook page which reportedly encouraged rebellion against the government if the July 31 general election were stolen. This is roughly the same time he was a vital cog in the Zanu-PF campaign information and publicity team, based at the party’s head-quarters.

Harare Provincial Magistrate Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe remanded Kudzayi to today for his bail application with consent from Chief Law Officer Tawanda Zvekare and Kudzayi’s lawyer Joseph Mandizha.

It is claimed that sometime in April last year, Kudzayi connived with Phillip whereupon they “hatched a plan to overthrow the Government by unconstitutional means” in the run up to July 31 general elections.

The State alleges Kudzayi planned and organised with others calling themselves the Gunda Nleya Brigade and Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army, to overthrow the government “through waging a war”.

The State also alleges Kudzayi and his group further posted articles on the social networking platform to the effect that they had a Dare Rechimurenga in place and that a team was on the ground studying and monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe.

The State also alleges that on August 7, 2008, Kudzayi wrote and published an article in the Zimbabwe Mail online publication attacking the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

In the said article, according to the State, Kudzayi went on to “falsely label the President a dictator who commits gross human rights abuses” and further accusing him of having stolen the 2008 elections and that he had been presiding over an economic collapse. Harare Provincial Magistrate Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe remanded Kudzayi to today for his bail application with consent from Chief Law Officer Tawanda Zvekare and Kudzayi’s lawyer Joseph Mandizha.

It is claimed that sometime in April last year, Kudzayi connived with Phillip whereupon they “hatched a plan to overthrow the Government by unconstitutional means” in the run up to July 31 general elections.

The State alleges Kudzayi planned and organised with others calling themselves the Gunda Nleya Brigade and Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army, to overthrow the government “through waging a war”.

Pursuant to their plans, it is alleged, Kudzayi posted articles on the Baba Jukwa Facebook page which reportedly encouraged rebellion against the government if the July 31 general election were stolen. This is roughly the same time he was a vital cog in the Zanu-PF campaign information and publicity team, based at the party’s headquarters.

The State also alleges Kudzayi and his group further posted articles on the social networking platform to the effect that they had a Dare Rechimurenga in place and that a team was on the ground studying and monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe.

The State also alleges that on August 7, 2008, Kudzayi wrote and published an article in the Zimbabwe Mail online publication attacking the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

In the said article, according to the State, Kudzayi went on to “falsely label the President a dictator who commits gross human rights abuses” and further accusing him of having stolen the 2008 elections and that he had been presiding over an economic collapse.

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  • Ndareva

    Hahaha this so funny, all this time the herald was putting up stories alleging it was some journalists from The Zimbabwean behind the page. Apa he was in the backyard! Muchanzwa nemadefamation cases gore rino!

    • Hacha Ndizvo

      Goes to show that Bonyongwe is sleeping on the job

    • Murozvi

      Or it was a deliberate ruse to keep him feeling a false sense of security. If it was that was a brilliant move by ana boys

  • Emperor Nero

    The prosecutors look foolish when they claim this guy is babaJukwa, while the real babaJukwa is doing what he does best,breaking the real news.Obviously this editor might have been an imposter who was craving for the attention babaJukwa was getting from his thousands of loyal followers.Everything that he is said to have posted sounds like he is delusional,he was talking about the imaginery dare rechimurenga,the fact that no names of this dare rechimurenga have been revealed clearly shows this was meant to make this guy look more connected than he really was.Claims about Nleya also sounds like some fabrication.This guy was helping peddle lies about MDC T and now that his services are nolonger needed he will be at Chikurubi for a longtime to come.Good riddence.

  • Sorojena

    Vamwe zvikanzi inga hana mhaka, vamwe zvikanzi mutorwa ngauraiwe, ndourayiwa Mwendamberi ndourayiwa.Vamwe zvikanzi musungei mbira dzakondo, vamwe vakati tomusungasei asina mhaka? Ndourayiwa Moyondizvo ndouraiwa.This is what Kudzayi is singinging while in his cold cell,munechando chinopisa semoto wemutezo.Mangwana achatorwa oendwanaye muninga kana kuti kukoti,vachauya vakawanda vachipindamo muninga,vagari nevasiri vese mbombo hwirikwiri kana kuti majisitiriti achipupura maninji,,

    • Popiro

      You should write a Novel…..excellent skills

      • John Chimindo

        Kikikiki.t’s an excerpt from a song done by the late Simon Chimbetu. Good application though.

      • Blarara Zonke

        Simon Chopper Chimbetu.

  • Gonzo ndishefu

    We are rendering the real babaJukwa useless by exposing and arresting all his informants and contributers.Now his postings have become irrelevant like asking for pple to pray for our nation. We already pray for our nation which explains why the forces of evil namely the West and America have exhausted everything in their arsenal trying to destroy our country without success.Eventually we are going to zero in on this showdowy figure,mark my words.He is the forces of evil he is praying to be exposed,babaJukwa is now scared,now he goes to bed not knowing when CIO operatives might come knocking at his door.He is a very depressed and lonely so pray for him so his arrest will be soon.

    • John Marimbe

      Could it be that Edmund’s brother is the one posting as Baba Jukwa now? Why is the brother still at large? If he hands himself in and the postings continue, then we can eliminate these shadowy characters.

    • Popiro

      i thought you said he is already arrested…

  • Mari

    Arrest to investigate or investigate to arrest muchafema fire

  • jairos Guramatongo

    Even if he worked with the Evil party I somehow like the way this guy was taking the Sunday Mail. Yes he was taking it back to where Willie Musarurwa left it. A paper which questions and reports facts as there are . Lafa ke ilizwe madoda now who ever takes over will again make the paper SEE NO EVIL HEAR NO EVIL.

  • dusty

    How do we even know he is at Chikurubi?

  • Abel

    so let me get this straight, Kudzayi wrote an article against the President in 2008, in 2013 he was involved in campaigning for Zanu pf for their elections. After they won, they now try him for undermining the president in 2008. Incredible!!!!

  • kutototo

    At this rate everyone is going to be accused of being baba Jukwa because every month we have a new baba Jukwa exposed.

  • Combatant (formerly Ex combat

    “falsely label the President a dictator who commits gross human rights abuses” dont know about the gross part of the human rights but it seems our dearly leader is exhibiting signs of being a dictator. I will forgive you editor for not posting this since im sure you are quite jumpy due to recent events.

  • infairness

    It is such a very simple investigation, Jukwa is simple and very dim.
    He placed a photo on Facebook of a dead decaying body.
    How did he know where the decaying body was placed?
    At the very least it is accessory to murder.
    International law in this case states that all information should be passed to the relevant police authority. This is the simple peoples hero who is really too stupid and tries to defy common sense.
    Thus there is no major mystery to those with average IQ!

  • Mukotami

    Nyamutamba nemombe wabaiwa!!!! Next should be little Saikoloji, Zanu haina wayo kuda kutamba nemadhara anokurega uchienda mberi vobva vakusasika, who is laughing now! Regai zvibayane.

  • sinyoro

    Sorojena iweka

  • kuta kinte

    Zimbabwe ndeyeropa veduwee. Musaita ma experiments nayo.

  • Chihelele

    NDiko kununonzi kutambiswa chamutengure na Jukwa. Police have the wrong man. An egg to their face soonest. But i dont see this guy going back to zimpapers again. He has already been outed as Mai Jukwa. But he is not baba jukwa

  • Why why why

    Mugabe is a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Toni Bhureya

      Whats new?

  • tiger

    tambai naye munhu uyu azive kuti nyika iyi haisi yekutamba nayo. vatengesi pasi navo kusvikira nyika yarurama. pamberi ne ZANU PF pasi na Jukwa nevanomutevera

  • ndhlela

    the chickens are coming home to roost. Saikoloji hokoyo chamakadya chamuka akomana hehehehe.

  • Munhu

    Pamela Shumba, is your story straight, just go through your whole article……lots of repetition….eish!!!

  • mercy

    I just hope this whole thing solves problems affecting our economy, I mean real bread and butter issues!

    • DK

      Do you see this as a business story in which you can come across possible economic solutions? There is a vibrant business section on this website where you can read about economic issues. This one is a court issue and let those interested read and enjoy.

  • Tarubva

    ‘Kudzayi went on to “falsely label the President a dictator who commits gross human rights abuses” and further accusing him of having stolen the 2008 elections and that he had been presiding over an economic collapse.’ What is wrong with all the above? Has the President not presided over the worst economic collapse ever known in this country? No monetary currency, no jobs, no electricity, no clean water, no medicines, and just about everyone is now a vendor one way or the other. As for human rights abuses, that is in the public record: Jestina Mukoko, Talent Mabika, Tonderai Ndira, and indeed the Machipisa Police Station incident that was widely circulated around the world. As for stealing the 2008 election, don’t we all know the sham run-off, when the President contested all by himself: there can’t any stealing of an election worse than that. All these “charges” don’t stick at all and the police should fabricate cleverly next time!

    • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

      Comrade you speak like you have evidence of what you are labeling against the Head of State, President Mugabe. Can you really defend yourself or you are also foolishly trying to keep your real face behind some obscure pseudonym like Baba Jukwa was doing? Where were you when Zanu-PF supporters were rallying behind their own party and Mugabe’s candidature only to come out today trying to be malicious against a duly elected President? You talk of President Mugabe presiding over the worst economic collapse-what about Tsvangirai committing *** against Zimbabweans? Did Mugabe ever call for sanctions against his own people? You talk of a shame run-off, again I ask where do you really stay because you sound like a dangerously Queen-pampered sell out who can do anything against his own people in order to please the Queen who Mario Ballotelli wanted to kiss if ever Italy was going to beat England. You may rant, kick and tremble in anger but ZANU-PF WILL RULE KUSVIKA MADHONGWI AMERA NYANGA. And for your information this Edmund Kudzayi is languishing in remand prison for now and IT’S A FACT! Haujairira nyika yababa…we have a constitution which has to be respected here, tasiyana nengochani dzekuBritain dzinonyadzisira pazere vanhu.

      • Tarubva

        Jairos, indeed I have evidence of all the above. Which fact are you contesting, and I will give you the evidence? That Jestina Mukoko was not abducted and beaten to hell by ***, that Talent Mabika was not killed by a ***, that we are not in the worst economic ruin under President Mugabe, that President Mugabe did not run all by himself during the run-off in 2008? And what about the fact that Baba Jukwa is continuing to post even when Kudzayi is in the cells? That should be very embarrassing to you and the regime you represent!

  • leemoyo

    This is just another Zanu pf circus. Do you remember in 2000 when they paraded mbare thugs as soldiers who were undermining zimbabwe ? The idea here is kutyisa all internet users in line with Mutasa gamatox’s nonsense that they see all bedrooms. Economy is getting harder to manage so they divert us from real issues. Now noone is complaining about lack of zesa during world cup, or closing companies or pay days. Its a zanu way of taking a breathe

  • Harare

    zvino tovhotera ani zanu haina mahuman rights as usual but taiivhotera tichifunga kuti tichapihwa munda manje taoona kunyepa, tsvangison imboko busy nenhumbu jahwi, biti imbiti power hungry haa zvezimbabwe zvakaoma