THE ZANU PF whistleblower who goes by the pseudonym Baba Jukwa resurfaced this week to criticize the regime of President Robert Mugabe and to warn of coming political disappearances.
Known as “Zimbabwe’s Julian Assange” to his followers, the anonymous blogger made his first posts on Facebook Thursday after a five-month absence from the social platform, where he has made a name for himself as a whistleblower exposing the inner workings of Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.
Mugabe’s regime is “desperate” and has tried every trick in the book to extract money from Zimbabweans, the blogger said in a post, predicting that agents of the Central Intelligence Organization, would begin to go missing in the coming days.
“You will not hear much of them and it will be like nothing has happened,” he said. “But their bodies will be turned into ashes.”
The CIO’s chief, Happyton Bonyongwe, is currently at the centre of a probe into the president’s much-publicized fall at the Harare airport last week. Bonyongwe was accused by a top official of “sleeping on duty,” according to a reports.
Baba Jukwa gained prominence in the lead up to the July 2013 general elections, during which he posted detailed accusations about assassination plots and governmental corruption under Mugabe.
The blogger predicted the death of politician Edward Chindori-Chininga ahead of his fatal June 2013 car accident, which his family insisted was an assassination. Many of Baba Jukwa’s posts accuse officials of various crimes and urge regular Zimbabweans to hold politicians to account.
Mugabe’s government has made efforts to identify the blogger, believed to be a disgruntled former Zanu PF member, and arrested two suspects back in July, including the editor of the government-owned Sunday Mail newspaper.
Many social media users greeted Baba Jukwa’s cryptic first post on Facebook with surprise, believing him to have been arrested.
The popular Facebook page has more than 400,000 likes, more than four times the numbers of Mugabe’s official page.
Ironically , Information Minister Jonathan Moyo just joined Facebook a few days ago.