Mugabe asks for update on Baba Jukwa


President Robert Mugabe is reported to have asked for an update on the Baba Jukwa case at last week’s politburo meeting, according to the Sunday Mail. The President is also reported to have grilled party spokesman Rugare Gumbo why he had not been interrogated by the police in connection with the Baba Jukwa case. Two brothers, Edmund and Philip Kudzayi, are being charged in connection with the case. Baba Jukwa bamboozled the nation in the run-up to last year’s elections through his facebook page clocking nearly 400 000 likes within four months. The Sunday Mail now says Edmund Kudzayi was recruited by Gumbo together with the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front Deputy Director of Information Psychology Maziwisa.  “I only know of his (Kudzayi’s) involvement in adverts which were designed for the July 31 elections. He was just part of people who were working in the adverts but I did not work with him. He was never recruited by ZANU-PF. I think I only met the guy once or twice. I have absolutely nothing to do with Kudzayi,” Gumbo reportedly told the Sunday Mail. The Kudzayi brothers were remanded to 14 November where they are expected to be given a provisional trial date. They have been pressing for refusal of further remand but it is most likely that their trial will not be held this year as they could reveal explosive information ahead of the ZANU-PF congress in December. Edmund Kudzayi was editor of the Sunday Mail at the time of his arrest.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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