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Unmasking Baba Jukwa, named journalists to sue-Lawyer

By Kelvin Mupungu

Two journalists accused in the “unmasking of @babaJukwa” have instructed their legal counsel to sue two Zimpapers publications (The Herald and The Sunday Mail). Also included on the list is online publication -www.newzimbabwe.com.

This follows revelations over the weekend that the once political sensation BabaJukwa has been unmasked as two Zimbabwean journalists working and living in South Africa. The Sunday Mail is Zimbabwe’s most widely read newspaper and as of today, statistics reveal that  quite a huge number had accessed the article (18818 views), while The Herald version of the same story had been accessed by over 42,000 views

New Zimbabwe is boasting of breaking the news about the unmasking of the two journalists :

NewZimbabwe.com on Saturday broke the story and published email communications, pictures and a video – showing how unknown hackers broke into the pair’s emails and unmasked Mxolisi Ncube and Mkhululi Chimoio as the characters that have been running the page.

Even though Zimbabwe Information Minister Jonathan Moyo was quick to dismiss the public view that Baba Jukwa is a disgruntled high ranking Zanu PF politburo member, fact that the alleged journalists have gone to the extent of threatening to sue for false allegations, throws the whole debate open.

Moyo claimed that ,

” The conspicuous fact with far-reaching implications is that we now all know that Baba Jukwa was a fake Zanu-PF insider who claimed to be a member of the party’s politburo when he most probably does not even know where the Zanu-PF politburo actually meets”.

Exposed: Mkhululi Chimoio and Mxolisi Ncube

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Responding to questions from NewsAfrica their lawyer Mr Obert Gutu of Gutu and Chikowore Attorneys-at-law refuted all allegations as malicious . He concurred that several hacking attempts were directed at Mxolisi Ncube’s email address but the attackers failed to gain access. There is no proof that attempts were made at Mkululi Chimoio’s email address.

Mr Gutu warned The Sunday Mail, The Herald and New Zimbabwe that ,

“We have strict instructions to demand a prominent retraction of the false and defamatory stories that have been published.In addition we also demand an unequivocal and unconditional apology. Lastly we will demand a payment of defamation damages”

Mr Gutu refused too shed light on the quantum of the defamation damages.

Mxolisi Ncube responding to questions from Newsday refuted all allegations levelled against him,

I have nothing to do with Baba Jukwa my brother and as I said, I can give you proof to that. If you were here (South Africa), I would open my Facebook account and show you communication between me and Baba Jukwa, but I can still email those to you. You can have someone you trust here come and see the chats themselves.

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