MINISTER of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Jonathan Moyo was on Wednesday summoned by the law and order department of the Zimbabwe Republic Police for questioning as part of investigations into the shadowy Facebook character Baba Jukwa.
Moyo was asked to present himself yesterday at the Police General Headquarters where he was quizzed by CID officers from the law and order section on issues that arose from the defence outline of Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi, who is accused of being the brains behind Baba Jukwa and is out on US$5 200 bail.
Kudzayi, arrested in June, is accused of attempting to overthrow the government, and was charged with trying to subvert a constitutionally-elected government or alternatively attempting to commit an act of insurgency, banditry and sabotage or terrorism.
The “computer guru”, as the police describe him, was also charged with publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state, or alternatively undermining the authority of or insulting the president.
According to sources, Moyo was asked in the summons to bring any documentation which could help the police in their investigations.
They said police sought clearance from President Robert Mugabe a few weeks ago to summon Moyo.
In his affidavit in a bail application at the High Court, Kudzayi said Moyo was one of the top government and army officials who attended a briefing he gave at the army headquarters in Harare after he was contracted by the military.
Efforts to get a comment from police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba were fruitless as she was not picking up her mobile phone and did not respond to a text message inquiring about the issue.
Moyo also could not be reached for comment as his phone went unanswered. Prior to Kudzayi’s arrest, Mugabe had attacked Moyo for hiring people he described as “enemies of the state” to the public media, Kudzayi being one of them, and labelled Moyo a “weevil”.