No joy for Baba Jukwa suspects

Edmund Kudzai

Edmund Kudzai

Tendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter
A fourth bid by The Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his brother Phillip to be removed from remand in a case in which they are accused of attempting to subvert a constitutionally-elected Government and undermining the President’s authority failed yesterday.

Through their lawyer Mr Admire Rubaya, the Kudzayi brothers had last Friday asked the court to remove them from remand, arguing their constitutional right to a trial within a reasonable time had been violated.

Magistrate Mr Milton Serima ruled that the case was complex and takes time to investigate.

“The court is convinced that the State, through the investigating officer, faces one of the most intricate cases in nature which needs more time to investigate.

“The period they have stayed on remand cannot be said to be unreasonable based on the circumstances. Therefore the application is dismissed,” he said.

Edmund and Phillip vowed to continue fighting and notified the court of their intention to make a fifth application for refusal of further remand on the next remand date if the State fails to provide them with a trial date.

Mr Serima remanded the matter to May 29.

An irate Edmund shouted his objection to further remand.

The pair is accused of being the main characters behind the shadowy Facebook blog Baba Jukwa.

It is the State’s case that sometime in April 2013, Edmund hatched a plan with Philip to overthrow the government through unconstitutional means.

It is alleged he created a Gmail account, babajukwa2013@gmail.com, using a mobile phone line registered in Philip’s name, but used by Edmund.

The two allegedly formed two separate groups called the Gunda Nleya Brigade and the Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army with the purposes of overthrowing the Government.

Edmund allegedly posted articles on the Baba Jukwa Facebook page, which encouraged rebellion against Government if the July 31 general elections “were stolen”.