‘Baba Jukwa’ challenges State

INCARCERATED Sunday Mail editor, Edmund Kudakwashe Kudzayi, has challenged the State to prove that he was behind the eerie Facebook character, Baba Jukwa.

SENIOR COURT REPORTER

Kudzayi said the State must engage Facebook owner Mark Zuckerburg and his firm to ascertain the Internet protocol address (IP) of the real person who set up the account as well as its administrators.

In his bail application which will be heard at the High Court today, Kudzayi through his lawyer Admire Rubaya said he was being incriminated by the State using information that he provided after being requested to do so by the Defence ministry.

He further argued that the gmail account which was created for the administration of Baba Jukwa’s Facebook account was set up while he was in the United Kingdom.

He also said the Econet line which was allegedly used to open the gmail account, had not been acquired by his brother then.

“It is of critical importance to note that the State in clause 3 of the Annexure to the form 242 alleges that the accused (Kudzayi) created a gmail account called babajukwa2013@gmail.com using an Econet line 0771 446 541. What it presupposes is that the line was activated by Econet before Baba Jukwa Facebook page was set up,” Kudzayi said.

“According to publicly accessible information on Facebook, Baba Jukwa joined Facebook on March 22 2013 of which accused was in the United Kingdom. Further, the line in question was allocated to accused’s brother who only played a role of providing an identification document to acquire the line from Econet, but never used it, sometime on or about the June 7 2013.”

The computer guru further said accessing Econet records would simply show when the line was activated and even the call records would show when it was used by Kudzayi.

“Thus if the line in question is the basis of the creation of Baba Jukwa then that would be a miracle as at the time the Baba Jukwa page was set up that line was not yet activated in the Econet system and accused was not using the line in question in the United Kingdom and he did not know if it existed. Even his brother Phillip had not acquired it yet,” he said in the High court application.

“The State should have approached information technology experts first or should have investigated through enquiries from Google and Facebook.”

Kudzayi said he only became aware of the Baba Jukwa issue when he was called upon by Environment, Water and Climate minister Saviour Kasukuwere to assess and make an overview of the information provided by a hacker called Kennedy brought by Herbert Huruva, to see if it was of any value which related to hacking of Baba Jukwa’s gmail account.

He further said Kasukuwere later referred him to Information minister Jonathan Moyo and together with the said hacker had a meeting only related to the hacking of the Baba Jukwa’s account.

“Further what the police allege to have investigated, is something they actually got from the accused who supplied them with the relevant information through Assistant Commissioner Chrispen Makedenge,” Kudzayi said.

“The accused is now perplexed that he is being falsely incriminated yet the investigating officer knows very well that his involvement in the matter related to hacking the Baba Jukwa account in consultation with the Defence ministry not that he is Baba Jukwa as is being portrayed by the State in its papers.”

Responding to allegations of insulting President Robert Mugabe, Kudzayi said: “The article which the police allege to have is a computer-generated document which could have been fabricated by any other person who just inserted accused’s names . . . he (Kudzayi) knows that the President of Zimbabwe is not a dictator or a tyrant but is a democrat par excellence.”

Meanwhile, Kudzayi’s brother, Phillip appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court yesterday facing similar charges and was remanded in custody to July 7.

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23 Comments

  1. goodchildgonebad

    MFANA YOUR BACK SIDE IS NOT THE CLEANEST AH U ARE A HACKER HOW FAR DOES YOUR HACKING GO,AM FING IT HARD TO CALL U A GOOD GUY.U COULD BE LUCKY THAT U SEEM TO BE PUNCHING HOLES IN THE STATES CASE BUT ARE NOT YET OFF THE HOOK.ITS GOING TO BE A LONG N BUMPY RIDE.I THINK U NEED TO PREPARE URSELF MENTALLY CAUSE U SWAM WITH THE SHARKS U MIGHT BE READY 4 EATING.YOU ARENOW AT THE TOP OF THE FOODCHAIN,ZIVA WEKUTAMBA NAYE UDE MARI ZVINE HUNHU.AKUYAMBIRA NDEYEANOKUDA.GOODLUCK GREEDBOY.

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    3. IT’S REALLY HARD FOR ANY SANE PERSON TO BELIEVE YOUR “LIES”. IT’S ALSO BUFFLING WHY YOU ARE BEING CALLED A COMPUTER GURU. WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU HOLD AND YOU NEVER HAD ANY EDITORIAL/JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE TO BE APPOINTED EDITOR.

      YOU ARE TRYING HARD TO CONFUSE THE STATE ON YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH BABA JUKWA BUT,SON YOU HAD A PIVOTAL ROLE TO PLAY HERE. YOUR EXCUSE FOR INSULTING HIS EXCELEENCE R.G MUGABE IS NO EXCUSE AT ALL. WAKURAMBA ZVAWAKANYORA.

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  2. Kenny Konscious

    I think in the name of Justice and democracy Kudzayi must be accorded the chance to prove himself innocent without fear. This is what we fought the colonial settler for. The fact that he is still in full control of his mental faculties means that The State has an advantage in probing the Baba Jukwa mystery further than himself. If proven guilty Kudzayi will go in the annuls of our history as a great betrayal and sell out. However it is too early to pass a verdict as there are a number of issues to be tackled. The Facebook owners must be involved. The recent postings by another similar character calling himself Baba Jukwa must be checked whether they are indeed. The state security machinery must stand advised that the Baba Jukwa case is probably a tip of the iceberg. Zimbabwe is being subjected to cyberwarfare and crime by its detractors. The net must be cast wider than the Baba Jukwa spectrum. Why The state is not recruiting cyber security personnel boggles my mind even when other countries are busy protecting country crirical data and information. remember the Snoden CIA agent who stole data from the Pentagon. The current Baba Jukwa character was indeed mysterious but its not difficult to prove who is behind it especially when you can engage Facebook. How its done is a matter of security and should not be discussed in the press for security reasons.

    1. Its not true facebook or google can identify the person. I doubt is they are willing to cooperate.

      as you rightly say the gvt should employ it experts that’s all.

      imagine usa trying to use facebook /google to nail snowdan

  3. tendai chaminuka

    Did Baba Jukwa do more harm to the state or to the opposition.Much pain was felt by the latter coz it led to their election demise as MDC Team relied heavily on Jukwa’s nonsense to the extent of side lining their intelligence department’s analysis.Zvimwe zviri kutaurwa zvema Chakuti Bridages nana Dare whatever inongova fallacy coz it never saw the light of day.

  4. My advice is go to the owner of Facebook and Google that will be end of the story. If you discover that Kudzayi is not the one involved what are you going to do. Is this Baba Jukwa dude in Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans are scattered all over the world. If you are real leaders this must not be a surprise to you. Trying to silence descending voices using intimidation and persecution is a sign of dictatorship ruling.

  5. i do not think this kid has any idea what he got himself into. this is not about crime or justice, so his freedom does not depend on a court of law at all. it depends with what goes on between he warring factions in zanu pf, and he would do himself a much better favour by keeping quiet right now. haazi kuziwa kuti which faction will prevail on this yet, so he must stop digging – damnit, he is already in a hole! achazviona hake kuti justice system inotungamirwa nevanhu ivava waaidefender samai jukwa yakaora sei. for such a bright young kid to chose evil (zanu) over the suffering povo from his london comfort is totally beyond belief, but what is worse is that he established his zanu links by selling out – nobody will ever trust you after that. once the factional fights are over, none of the sides will be comfortable working with him in any way – apa ndipo pane danger yese ipapo. they may help you get thru this – depending kuti who has much to lose if you spill more beans, but once that is done careful – the same guy will kill you to make sure the beans never get spilled zvachose. your practical use to any of them is over now – you are too much risk going forward. its what you get for supping with the devil. now imagine if you had used all your brains to do something that benefits society instead? akataura chokwadi Chiweshe – baba vebenzi havana mufaro. i feel sorry for your mother….

  6. interesting stuff there. i personally dont think there is much to hold Kudzayi on this case but however, the state can now use it to prompt Zuckerberg to unmask the real BJ. since its now a matter before the courts it will be taken as a formal thing to do. Kudzie might still be at work.

  7. Baba Jukwa is not the issue here readers , thay are merely cittong the branches wedid not commit any wrong all the charges are fallacy. They are only cutting strong branches of Jonho only but shame to poor readers who don’t understand status quo.

  8. Our computer-illiterate state is in for a big embarrassment in court. Real IT guys use IP address spoofing to cover their tracks & send gullible people like the ZRP on a wild goose chase

  9. Facebook does not respond to such nonsense. Mfana uyu (28) who looks 40, did he get permission from facebook to hack pple’s accounts?

    1. lol at calling urself jack bauer u dreamer! if you base your logic on American propaganda fictional entertainment you must be pretty shallow!

  10. Two weeks back it was mapositori this week its Kudzayi next week something else akoma economy ichingodonha takatarisa watch this space I’m telling u

  11. The State is wasting its time. Isu vana BJ are laughing all the way, still at large. Follow my postings on FB.

    Asijiki!

  12. 1st of all The owner if facebook will not realse such info please feel free to check facebook disclaimer u will find rules and regulations that govern the use of Facebook , privacy and policies included , and secondly if kudzayi is such a computer guru do u honestly think he would do such a dumb thing as create an account using his own registered sim card this is just too much of a coincidence , 3rdly hacking is a crime now what is this kennedy guy doing and on whoz authority are we seeing a clear case of the state bending the law or its just a writer misprint …….###food4Thought

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  14. baba jukwa did not violate the terms and conditions for facebook so involving the owners of it its just a waste of time. Thats his account and he has every right to his privacy like anyone else. They wl only get involved once he breaches their terms and conditions. Thats simply common sense.

  15. He shld jus rot in chikurubi. You think zanu will eva do anything good fo anyone without some catch to it! Jonso used u and now you are being gamatoxed! Iye jonso must be shitting in his pants daily thinking i might be next to be gamatoxed. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in remand prison which i actually think is much better than be tortured like what opposition activists have endured for so long. Remember the cain nkala victims…..need i say more.

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    stealth lead and information to the person involved
    in the security networking work behind baba
    Jukwas account,feel free to email me on
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  17. But these people named as suspects are not the ones that sent gukurawundi into Mathebeleland and they did not even participate in Murambaswina, What about tens and thousand civilians that were killed by Zanu when are we going to have the whole people who were involved tried in the Hague? Economic disintegration, poverty, hopelessness, massive exodus of exile because of one party has committed heinous crimes against the citizen but here we are because of their infighting we are told about this trash called baba Jukwa? Who has power to kill others in Zimbabwe? When are we going to have Zanu tried and its for creating misery for the citizens of Zimbabwe?

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