Phillip Tawanda Kudzayi, the brother of hacker and Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi faces life in prison after the state slapped him with terrorism charges Thursday.
The elder Kudzayi, of 19 Northcliff, Josiah Tongogara Avenue, lived close to president Robert Mugabe’s official Zimbabwe House residence before his arrest Tuesday.
He appeared before Harare provincial magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe charged with “attempting to commit acts of insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism” and “subverting a constitutional government”.
The magistrate remanded Kudzayi to July 7 and advised him to apply for bail at the High Court.
According to the state case, in April 2013, Phillip Kudzayi teamed up with his brother, Edmund Kudzayi, and others still unaccounted for. They allegedly hatched a plot to overthrow the government if Mugabe won the July 31, 2013 vote. The alleged conspirators then opened Gmail and Facebook accounts for the purpose of recruiting potential soldiers into the purported rebel militias, Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army and the Gunda Nleya Brigade.
Both brothers deny the charges. Edmund Kudzayi’s bail hearing at the High Court was set for Friday, according to lawyer Admire Rubaya.
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