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Zimbabwean whistleblower Baba Jukwa has addressed hundreds of police who rioted in Harare on Monday this week through his Facebook page.
HumanIPO reported on Tuesday President Mugabe had offered a US$330,000 ransom to any person who could unmask Baba Jukwa, while his popular Facebook page had garnered 249,000 followers.
In under three days the Facebook page has garnered more than 10,000 more followers, raising the number to 260,000.
New Zimbabwe reported riot police had been called in to control their police colleagues after they attempted to force their way into the Harare’s Town House. This was a result of frustrations with the poorly organised special vote.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has been urged by various election monitoring groups to extend the two day special vote and the riot, together with other scenes of chaos around the country in an indication the ZEC will struggle to keep control of harmonised polls, which are set to occur at the end of this month.
On Facebook, Baba Jukwa wrote: “In my chat with security officers who were waiting to vote at the Mai Musodzi in Mbare and at the Town House, they said they were determined to make a statement and that no amount of frustration will stop them to make a statement.”
He added: “I urge our gallant security forces to remain resolute and assist in delivering a new Zimbabwe. Let the power to have a better [country] be delivered through your determination I witnessed yesterday. Keep it up.”
According to the ZimEye, Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) initially denied the riot outbreak, but it has since been confirmed by the party’s own newspaper, the Herald.
Furthermore Baba Jukwa revealed Victor Jaja, a Harare police officer and assistant inspector who had been arrested due to false charges suggesting he supports the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T), “has been released on bail”.
“Firstly I want to say thank you Zimbabwe for making a lot of noise on Monday. Assistant Inspector Victor Jaja has been released on bail. The evil people got scared by your noise and they cannot do anything else other than take him to court. Thank you Zimbabwe,” wrote Baba Jukwa.