Shumba said the case lacked incriminating evidence.
Maunganidze was arrested on Wednesday morning and detained for about three hours by detectives from the Law and Order section at the Masvingo Central Police station. His arrest came after Matuke said the paper had published a defamatory article linking him to a sex scandal.
In its edition of 11-18 February, the paper’s gossip column, ‘Hot on the Heels’ talked of an unnamed party official caught in the act with a fellow party member.
Although the article did not explicitly reveal Matuke, the Zanu (PF) chair said it meant him and pressed the charges.
Maunganidze was represented by Rodney Saratoga Makause of Makonese and Chihambakwe law firm.