UZ student freed in Baba Jukwa saga

HARARE - The State yesterday withdrew charges against Romeo Tanyaradzwa Musemburi, a University of Zimbabwe student, charged with attempting to commit an act of insurgency, banditry and sabotage.

The charges arose after he posted an article through a baba Jukwa e-mail account.

Prosecutor Idah Maromo did not delve into the reasons behind the withdrawal.

Musemburi’s lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara applauded the State’s move.

“The withdrawal of the charges against my client was long overdue and vindicates his protestations regarding his innocence,” he said.

“It was clear from the beginning that no offence had been committed and the arrest, charging and detention was a mere fishing expedition.”

Musemburi, 20, of 113 Shortstone Waterfalls in Harare, is a third-year student currently studying towards an honours degree in Economics.

He was appearing before Harare magistrate Douglas Chikwekwe.

Maromo alleged that on August 3 last year, Musemburi used his gmail account romeomusemburi@gmail.com, to write and post an article to babajukwa2013@gmail.com.

The e-mail read, “We want pfuti (guns) give us and we will hit the streets and fight for democracy.”

It was the State’s case that Musemburi’s article was meant to commit an act of insurgency, banditry, sabotage, terrorism with a view to overthrow the government through unconstitutional means.

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