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EDMUND Kudzayi and his brother Philip, who were accused of being behind the Facebook character Baba Jukwa, were on Friday freed after the State withdrew charges against them.

Kudzayi – who is the editor of the Sunday Mail was facing charges of attempting to undermine the government.

The charges against him included calling Mugabe a tyrant and dictator and alleging that the president stole an election. The remarks were allegedly made in 2013 prior to him joining the state media in 2014. He was arrested in May last year.

Kudzayi was also facing charges of creating the Baba Jukwa Facebook account which had a cult following and scandalised the Mugabe government and the ruling Zanu PF party.

The Facebook account became a hit for apparently for dishing dirt on the inner workings of Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.

The state through Prosecutor General’s office and also Senior Public Prosecutor, Tawanda Zvekare withdrew the charges saying it was still investigating the case and would proceed by way of summons. Magistrate, Milton Serima removed Kudzayi from remand.

Baba Jukwa accused Mugabe of rigging elections and published cell phone numbers of prominent figures in government, asking people to call them and tell them “we know what is going on”.

Kudzayi had been out of custody on US$5,000 bail and stringent conditions set by the High Court last year which included reporting twice a day to the police, staying within a 40km radius of Harare and the seizure of title deeds to his father’s house in Mt Pleasant by the state.

However, prospects of him being free were certain when Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe allowed him to get back his passport in order to travel to attend an editor’s conference in United Kingdom.

Source : Financial Gazette

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