No joy for Jukwa suspects

Edmund Kudzayi

Edmund Kudzayi

Tendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter
A Harare magistrate yesterday dismissed an application for refusal of further remand by Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Philip who are accused of subversion and undermining the authority of the President through the Baba Jukwa Facebook account.
Both Edmund (28) and Philip (29) are suspected to be the administrators of the Baba Jukwa account.
The pair yesterday appeared before magistrate Mr Milton Serima who ruled that they should remain on remand pending their trial at the High Court.

Through their lawyer Mr Admire Rubaya, the two made an application for further remand refusal arguing that they have been on remand for a long time with the State failing to provide them with a trial date.

On the other hand, prosecutor Miss Sharon Mashavira opposed the application on the basis that the pair’s application was misplaced considering that they were only arrested on June 24 and they have been on remand for only two months.

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After hearing submissions from both counsels, Mr Serima concurred with the State and dismissed the application.
“The accused have been on remand for a reasonable period of time and considering the complexity of the matter, State should be afforded more time to complete its investigations,” he said.

Mr Serima remanded the pair to October 3 for their routine remand and for purposes of trial, their docket is going to be married with that of 20-year-old University of Zimbabwe student Romeo Musemburi.

Musemburi is facing similar charges.
On Monday the court heard that a team of detectives is expected to leave for the United States to meet social networks and search engine providers to aid the State case against the trio.

It is the State’s case that sometime in April 2013, Edmund hatched a plan with Philip to overthrow the Government through unconstitutional means.
It is alleged that he created a Gmail account, [email protected] using a mobile phone line registered in Philip’s name, but used by Edmund.

The two allegedly formed two separate groups called the Gunda Nleya Brigade and the Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army with the purpose of overthrowing the Government.

Edmund is alleged to have posted articles on the Baba Jukwa Facebook page which encouraged rebellion against Government if the July 31 harmonised elections “were stolen”.

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  • Judas Iscariot

    The state should have done its investigations first,rather than arrest first and then expect individuals to languish in remand prison, for those who can,t afford bail, while the state is doing its investigations.The fact that the state feel the need to waste money on travel expenses to fly detectives to the US is proof,they don,t believe they have enough evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that these individuals are the brains behind babaJukwa.I am not sure how much help these detectives will get from social networks in the US, because most of these social networks are big on freedom of speech,which explains why countries like Turkey have tried to ban the use of facebook and twitter.After everything has been said and done i have a feeling these individuals will be aquitted for lack of evidence.