23 July 2014

Zimbabwe: Police Summon Minister Moyo Over Baba Jukwa

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Prof Jonathan Moyo

INFORMATION Minister Jonathan Moyo has reportedly been summoned by the police over the ongoing Baba Jukwa saga.

Sources said that Moyo was asked to present himself to the CID law and order section in Harare on Thursday morning to answer questions on what he knows about Baba Jukwa.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba has previously stated that no ministers would be targeted as part of investigations into Baba Jukwa.

"The police wish to inform the public that there are no ministers targeted in the investigations," she said in June.

"It is improper for the media to carry out stories that suggest any minister, parliamentarian, government official and members of the ruling party are being targeted. Actually, they were at the receiving end and were victims."

However, on Wednesday the ZRP spokesperson was not so categorical when asked to confirm whether Moyo had been summoned for questioning.

Charamba said she knew nothing about the development but, when pressed further, added: "I never said there is nothing like that; I only said I don't know".

Sources however, said state media journalists were inadvertently alerted to the move by the police after they were called by Moyo to his Munhumutapa Building offices to cover a courtesy call by a Chinese delegation.

"While the journalists were waiting at the reception in Moyo's office, two detectives came in and told the minister's secretary that they wanted to summon Moyo to the CID law and order section over Baba Jukwa."

Police have since arrested Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Phillip over allegations they ran the Baba Jukwa Facebook page.

The brothers, who were subsequently bailed, have denied allegations of attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected government and undermining the President's authority.

Some 14 individuals have, to date, either been arrested or added to the police wanted list over the Baba Jukwa saga.

But it was the arrest of Edmund that sparked speculation Moyo would likely be targeted as well.

Edmund took over as editor of the country's best-selling newspaper following Moyo's appointment as information minister.

His arrest followed a public rant by President Robert Mugabe in which he lambasted Moyo, accusing him of trying to divide Zanu PF as well as appointing critics of the party as editors of government-run newspapers.

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