19 July 2014

Zimbabwe: Police Hunt for 13th Baba Jukwa Suspect

Photo: NewZimbabwe
Baba Jukwa facebook page

Police yesterday said they are looking for the 13th suspect connected to the faceless Facebook character Baba Jukwa, who was allegedly responsible for sourcing funds and the posting of subversive material on the online social networking site. National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the development and named the suspect as South African-based Chawarika Matongorere. Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Phillip are also accused of links with the faceless blogger.

The other suspects are Wilf and Trish Mbanga, publishers of The Zimbabwean newspaper, who are based in the UK, as well as the weekly newspaper's South Africa correspondent, Mxolisi Ncube.

Other suspects are UK-based computer programmer Samson Chifamba; UK-based systems and software engineer Walter Shoko; George Chirakasha, a Zimbabwean resident in the UK, as well as Anomie Drew, Piniel Nhokodi, Romeo Musemburi and Sarudzai Florence. "The police would like to confirm that Chawarika Matongorere, a Zimbabwean based in Johannesburg, South Africa, is required by police for questioning in connection with the sourcing of funds for the Baba Jukwa project and the posting of subversive material," said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

"Anyone with information on the exact location should contact the officer commanding Criminal Investigation Department on number (04)777777, (04)703631 or any nearest police station."

It is alleged the 13 established a "global network to post subversive articles on this page".

Prosecutors allege that in April 2013, the two Kudzayi siblings and their accomplices still at large hatched a plan to overthrow the Government through unconstitutional means and created a Gmail account, babajukwa2013@gmail.com, using a mobile phone line registered in Phillip's name.

They are alleged to have posted articles on the Baba Jukwa's Facebook page which encouraged rebellion against the Government if the July 31 harmonised elections "were stolen".

On May 11 this year, The Sunday Mail published a story which named Mxolisi Ncube and another correspondent of The Zimbabwean, Mkhululi Chimoio, as the two key players behind the page.

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