27 June 2014

Zimbabwe: Police Release List of More Baba Jukwa Suspects

Photo: The Herald
Sunday Mail editor, Edmund Kudzayi.

POLICE have released a list of ten people wanted in connection with investigations into the Facebook character Baba Jukwa which have already seen the arrest of Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother, Phillip.

The Kudzayi brothers, accused of being involved in the Baba Jukwa saga, have been charged with attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected government or alternatively attempting to commit an act of insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism.

Despite the arrests, the Facebook page has remained active and police said Friday that this was because more people were involved.

Those now added to the wanted list include publishers of the Zimbabwean newspaper Wilf and Trish Mbanga, South Africa based journalist Mxolisi Ncube - the South Africa-based correspondent for the weekly.

Besides the trio, police are also looking for Walter Shoko, said to be a software and systems engineer based in the UK, Simon Chifamba, a computer programme believed to be based in the UK as well.

The list includes George Chirakasha, said to be based in the UK, as well as Anomie Drew, Piniel Nhokodzo, Romeo Musemburi and Sarudzai Florence.

"All the accused persons are administrators to babajukwa2013@gmail.com and Baba Jukwa Facebook page," the ZRP said in a statement.

"This is the reason why the Facebook page Baba Jukwa is still very active. The accused persons are based in various global locations and network to post subversive articles on this page."

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