2 more 'Baba Jukwas' arrested


TWO more suspects linked to the controversial Facebook blogger Baba Jukwa have been arrested in separate incidents in Harare and South Africa as police intensify investigations into the shadowy Zanu PF mole.

The two, a University of Zimbabwe student, Romeo Musemburi, and South Africa-based Zimbabwean journalist Mxolisi Ncube, were among the list of suspects released by the police on Friday. They were linked to Baba Jukwa who gained notoriety for exposing Zanu PF secrets especially in the run-up to the July 31 2013 elections.

To date, two people Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Phillip have been locked up over the issue.

National police chief spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed Musemburi's arrest yesterday.

"Romeo Musemburi, a student at UZ was arrested for criminal nuisance as he posted on Baba Jukwa that he wanted guns to fight in the street," she said.

Musemburi handed himself to the police yesterday morning accompanied by his lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara. He reported at CID Law and Order Section where he signed a warned and cautioned statement.

"He was arrested for making a statement and posting it to the Gmail account of Baba Jukwa saying 'give us guns and we will hit the streets and fight for democracy'," Bhatasara said.

"The statement the police said, was likely to disturb peace."

Musemburi, who denied the charge, is a second-year Economics student.

Harare lawyer Obert Gutu said Ncube handed himself in at the Zimbabwean Embassy in South Africa on Sunday and had a warned-and-cautioned statement recorded.

He voluntarily went to the Zimbabwean consulate in South Africa where Chief Superintendent Christopher Makedenge, the investigating officer in the case, took his statement via the phone with the help of embassy officials.

Ncube, who is officially on South African asylum, said police had offered to provide him a flight ticket to Harare, but was reluctant to take up the offer for security reasons.

Other people wanted in connection with the anonymous blogger include Zimbabwean journalist Wilf Mbanga and his wife Trish, a systems and software engineer based in the United Kingdom (UK) Walter Shoko, a computer programmer based in the UK, Samson Chifamba, a Zimbabwean based in UK, George Chirakasha, Anomie Drew, Piniel Nhokodi, and Sarudzai Florence.

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