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‘Baba Jukwa’ bail conditions relaxed

By Tendai Kamhungira

HARARE – Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi’s bail conditions have been relaxed by the High Court.

Edmund Kudzayi, the editor of the state owned Sunday Mail newspaper
Edmund Kudzayi during one of his appearances in court

This follows an inordinate delay by the State to provide him with a trial date.

The 28-year-old, believed to be linked to the shadowy Facebook character Baba Jukwa, is facing charges of attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected government.

He is jointly charged with his brother Phillip.

The duo’s charges involve banditry, insurgency and demeaning the office of the President.

The two, through their lawyer Admire Rubaya, had lodged an application before the High Court seeking to have the bail conditions relaxed.

Rubaya told the court that since July, no progress had been registered and that the State had failed to provide his clients with a trial date.

He said it appeared the State had hit a brick wall in its extra-territorial investigations.

Prosecutor Tawanda Zvekare said the investigating officer Crispen Makedenge visited the United States to carry out the investigations at Google, Yahoo and Facebook offices.

But High Court Judge Joseph Musakwa said there was no proof that any progress was being registered.

As part of their bail conditions, Edmund and Phillip had been ordered to report twice a day to the police and to reside within the 40km radius from Harare Main Post Office until the matter was finalised.

Musakwa yesterday ordered Edmund and Phillip to report twice a week, while the order to reside within the 40km radius was scrapped.

According to State papers, the two planned and organised with some of their accomplices under the banner of “Gunda Nleya Brigade” and “Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army” to overthrow the government by “unleashing war”.

It is further alleged that they posted articles on the Baba Jukwa Facebook page which reportedly encouraged rebellion against the government if the general elections were to be rigged.

Edmund allegedly created a gmail account titled babajukwa2013@gmail.com with Phillip and other accomplices.

They allegedly posted articles on the social networking platform suggesting that they had a Dare Rechimurenga or War Council in place.

The council was reportedly on the ground studying and monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe. Daily News