Zimbabwe: Baba Jukwa New Look?

From an article in The South African.com.

Never seen this one before, any ideas?

The original story - Who’s afraid of Baba Jukwa? Zanu-PF insider reveals party secrets on popular blog - is essentially a re-run of the continuing story that is rolling across the globe reported earlier here and here, and also here, in this blog.

Again we have an interesting comment posted to the above article by one Muthi Nyathi:

'Important correction Paula Baranowska and your readers – ASIJIKI used to sign-off by Baba Jukwa is NOT a Shona word but derives from Zulu/Ndebele ‘ukujika’, which is to turn or retreat. ASIJIKI simply denotes that “we will not retreat until victory” or “victory is certain”. Remember when Margaret Thatcher berated her opponents clamoring for policy reversal, she responded by stating firmly that “This lady is not for turning!”, equivalent to Baba Jukwa’s battle -cry ‘ASIJIKI’. This man sounds every bit determined.'

So now you know.

Zimbabwe: Baba Jukwa World Press Updates (2)

"The well-informed mole, who calls himself “Baba Jukwa” and appears to be operating from within the heart of the regime, began posting revelations on a Facebook page four months ago.

The page has been viewed more than a million times and he has amassed more than 239,000 followers, with hundreds of responses and shares to every update. Efforts to track down the mole have so far failed. His postings have accused government ministers of corruption and senior police chiefs of brutality, publishing their private mobile phone numbers."

From the (UK) Telegraph.

See: Mugabe hunts for internet mole 'Baba Jukwa' revealing his secrets

Uncle Bob, the Mole Hunter.


"Zimbabweans who are fans of Baba Jukwa’s page now say they have unfettered access to what they have always wanted to know but never dared ask for fear of being arrested. Under the nation’s sweeping security laws, it is an offence to undermine the authority of the president and national security operatives."

From Voices of Africa

See: Baba Jukwa, ‘Zimbabwe’s own Julian Assange’

Remind him to stay away from Ecuadorians...

Zimbabwe: More Baba Jukwa in World News.

'An anonymous Facebook poster calling himself "Baba Jukwa" is causing a stir in pre-election Zimbabwe. Baba Jukwa purports to a member of President Robert Mugabe's ruling political party, but exposes details of corruption by party officials.'

From the NPR Weekend Edition on Saturday, when host Scott Simon talks with Zimbabwean senior researcher for Human Rights Watch Dewa Mavhinga.

The link is to a transcript of the talk, although I am not sure why they have decided to head the article:

A Troublemaker Emerges In Zimbabwe Elections

See as the real trouble is being caused by the people in power.

Zimbabwe: Baba Jukwa Article Published in Las Vegas Sun by Associated Press

An article has been syndicated by Associated Press, which, as far as this blogger can tell, was originally published by Nehanda Radio.

Original Nehanda story:

Baba Jukwa dishes out dirt

With the Las Vegas Sun story:

Zimbabwe ‘mole’ blogger dishes out dirt on gov’t

Both articles report "Zimbabwe has an estimated 12 million mobile subscribers with 60 percent estimated to have direct access to the Internet through their cell phones, according to commercial company reports from the three main mobile networks."

Reader here will recall my earlier blog post entitled "Zimbabawe: Damn Lies and Social Statistics", which essentially put smart phone usage around 2 to 3 million users.

If we now read deeper into the Baba Jukwa dishes out dirt article, it would also seem that these smart phone users are texting their no-smart phone brethren with the Baba Jukwa Facebook updates, thus greatly increasing coverage.

Zimbabwe: Buba Jukwa Comes Alive.

As a follow on from my last post, Baba Jukwa Hits the Big Time, the website mentioned is now up and running.

See: Vana Va Juka

The "Cast Of Characters", on the home page of the website, has a great overview of a who's who in Zimbabwean politics. With the 'status' indications looking like they should become a must read.

Some examples:

  • Morgan Tsvangiai: Lost in Action
  • Robert Mugabe: Alive
  • Zimbabwe Diamonds: Stolen
  • Welshman Ncube: Unknown
  • Air Force of Zimbabwe: Made in China
  • Jonathan Moyo: At Large

Check it out.


Zimbabwe: Baba Jukwa Hits the Big Time.

First mentioned in this blog 12 days ago on 17 June, 2013 under the heading WikiLeaks and Zimbabwe - Baba Jukwa, Baba Kukwa has finally hit the big time with the publication of The Economist story linked to in this current post.

Claiming to be a disgruntled insider from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party, the gossipy Facebook page belonging to this mysterious character, whose name echoes that of a spirit medium, has drawn more than 185,000 “likes” in just three months, with hundreds of responses to every post.

From The Economist dated 29 June, 2013

The spirit of wrath is upon us -A mysterious Facebook character is predicting murder and mayhem

Interestingly, a Google image search, whilst finding the Avator shown in the above article, also finds the bus image below

However, the web page on the side of the bus - http://www.babajukwa.net/ - is a password protected site.
Spirits indeed.