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Vol 55 No 14

Published 11th July 2014


Zimbabwe

Baba Jukwa arrest rocks regime

Police have arrested a top editor suspected of being the mystery blogger who so seriously embarrassed ZANU-PF during the elections – but he denies all charges

The Baba Jukwa affair – when an anonymous blogger tweaked the tails of Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front leaders during last year's election campaign – is taking a more sombre turn. Baba (Father in Shona) Jukwa leaked unerringly accurate ZANU-PF secrets and election ploys on his Facebook page, setting off a frenzied manhunt by the security forces. Edmund Kudzayi, 28, was arrested on 19 June and has been remanded in custody until 7 July. Accused of trying to overthrow the government and of 'attempting to commit an act of insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism', he could receive a life sentence if convicted.

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