THE suspected author of the controversial Baba Jukwa Facebook page, Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi, was yesterday fined $150 for contravening the Firearms Act after he was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm.
In convicting Kudzayi, Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe said the firearm could have been used to commit criminal offences.
Together with his elder brother Philip, Kudzayi is also facing charges of attempting to commit acts of insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism after allegedly publishing or communicating false statements deemed prejudicial to the State and undermining the authority of the President through the Baba Jukwa Facebook page.
The State alleges that in April 2013, the Kudzayi brothers hatched a plan to overthrow the government through unconstitutional means by creating a Gmail account, firstname.lastname@example.org, using a mobile phone line registered in Philip’s name.
It is alleged that they formed two separate groups called Gunda Nleya Brigade and Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army to overthrow the government.
Kudzayi was appointed Sunday Mail editor in April following the resignation of Brezhnev Malaba and is said to have played an instrumental role in Zanu PF’s 2013