A ZIMBABWEAN journalist based in South Africa who is wanted back home in connection with the Baba Jukwa saga says his family is now living in fear after state security agents “visited” his mother.
Mxolisi Ncube, who police say is on their wanted list over the controversial Facebook character, said his family is now in distress after Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agents visited his 55-year-old mother in Matabeleland South province.
The faceless Baba Jukwa character scandalised Zanu PF leaders in the run-up to last year’s July election controversially won by President Robert Mugabe.
Baba Jukwa, who garnered a massive following on the web, was a thorn in the flesh of Zanu PF leaders by exposing insider information about assassination plots and plans to rig the election.
Police say Ncube is among the suspects they want to interview in connection with the Facebook page.
Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com on Tuesday, Ncube said the state security agents asked his mother where he was staying in Johannesburg and what he was doing there.
“While they did not harass my 55-year-old mother, she is now afraid that they will come at night and attack her. She is also worried over my safety,” Ncube said.
The journalist said after his name was mentioned in connection with the Baba Jukwa saga, he presented himself to the Zimbabwe Consulate in Johannesburg where he was interrogated by state agents.
He said the interrogators offered to pay for his air ticket to Zimbabwe but he declined the offer saying he did not feel safe going back home right now.
The journalist said despite co-operating with the investigation, his Yahoo and Facebook accounts have since been hacked by unknown individuals. He suspects the cracking of his email was in connection with the Jukwa investigation.
“I have tried to prove to these people that I am innocent but it looks like they are double-faced. I watch my back wherever I go,” he said.
Ncube and another South Africa-based freelance journalist, Mkhululi Chimoio, were implicated in the Baba Jukwa saga together with 11 others.
Ncube insists that he is being targeted because he used to communicate with Baba Jukwa on Facebook and through emails.