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FIREBRAND MDC youth assembly secretary general Promise Mkhwananzi has condemned government’s apparent fixation with the Baba Jukwa saga at the expense of the country’s faltering economy.

Mkhwananzi, an ally to Tendai Biti’s Renewal Team, was speaking to NewZimbabwe.com Thursday, after police took into custody, a varsity student for allegedly plotting a war against President Robert Mugabe’s regime.

“We condemn the arrest of student activist Romeo Musemburi by an insecure and paranoid state that fears its failure to arrest economic decline, and resorts to wanton arrests,” he said.

Musemburi, 20, is studying for a degree in economics at the University of Zimbabwe student.

He was caged by police this week after he had allegedly emailed the mysterious Facebook blogger soliciting for guns to start a war “fighting for democracy”.

His arrest followed that of Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and his elder brother Philip over a week ago for allegedly administering the controversial page.

As outlined, the brothers are accused of “attempting to subvert a constitutionally elected government or alternatively attempting to commit an act of insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism”.

They both deny the charges which carry life imprisonment if convicted.

Musemburi, the third police catch in a widening list of Baba Jukwa suspects, was taken to a Harare court Wednesday charged with the same offence.

He remained in custody after the lower courts do not entertain bail requests involving serious offences.

Mkwananzi, himself a former student activist, saw this as a ploy by President Mugabe’s beleaguered government to swing a financially distressed nation’s attention from bread and butter issues.

“We know that this government and its officials are afraid of the people. They are afraid because they rigged the elections in the first place, and they are unable to facilitate economic growth and stability,” he said.

“We are also concerned that random political arrests are on the increase from journalists, civil and political activists, students and anyone that the state views as a potential threat.

“The Zanu PF government must seize itself with the great question of the day: the bread and butter challenges that the people are facing, the chronic liquidity scarcity and endemic corruption in state and government institutions.

“We reiterate the dire and urgent need for the full implementation of and compliance with the new constitutional dispensation.”

Source : New Zimbabwe