A representative of the world’s biggest internet search engine, Google.com, in the country has denied reports that the Zimbabwean government did send a delegation to Google headquarters over Baba Jukwa.
“There was no delegation to Google headquarters by any government official of Zimbabwe,” said Fortune Sibanda.
Sibanda said this while answering question from participants at a function of the NGO Hivos that was celebrating Human rights Day 2016, which was under the theme “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights Today”.
At that time, it was highly circulated in both the print, social media and online that a delegation of secret servicemen had been send to Google to try and find out who was behind the character.
Baba Jukwa was a faceless face book character that made headlines in during 2013 period over leaked sensitive information from government circles and the ruling party, ZANU PF. It was believed that the character was a senior ZANU PF official who had inside knowledge of what transpired in the party’s central committee and the politburo and leaked sensitive information from the organs’ deliberations.
This led to a manhunt of the character behind, and led to the arrest of former Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzai whom the authorities suspected of being the person behind the Baba Jukwa character, and the case is still pending in the courts.