Chinamasa said Maguwu was being used as a front and the government was eager to establish the individuals or organisations behind him. But Maguwu said he was moved by the threats because his appointment was not in variance with the country’s laws.
“I am not going to engage in name calling with him rather I await the decision which will be made by the KP working group on monitoring,” Maguwu said.
Chinamasa said Maguwu was being used by certain forces that the government was itching to identify. “It’s a typical example of a tortoise on top of a durawall,” Chinamasa told the national broadcaster on Friday. “Farai Maguwu is a tortoise on top of a durawall. We have to look for the owner.”
Maguwu was on Tuesday appointed the KP focal person by the National Association of Non Governmental Organisations (Nango). But his appointment did not go down well with Zanu (PF), which unleashed groups aligned to the party.
The groups immediately convened at Mines Minister Obert Mpofu’s offices in Harare and resolved not to recognize Maguwu’s appointment.
The groups proceeded to appoint its own focal point person, Goodson Mguni, a well-known Zanu (PF) supporter.
Mguni is president of the Federation of Civil Society Organisation. He will lead a 13-member team that also includes Paddington Japajapa, Tafadzwa Musarara, Affirmative Action Group secretary general and Chris Mutangadura a Law Officer in the Attorney General’s office. However,NANGO has refused to recognised the appointment of Nguni and his team.
The Zanu (PF) aligned groups said they were not happy with Maguwu because he was facing criminal charges. Maguwu is facing charges of spreading falsehoods prejudicial to the state after he attempted to expose human rights violations in Chiadzwa. Magawu is currently out on bail.
The Chief Executive Officer, Cephas Zinhumwe said: “Government has nothing to do with choosing who the focal point person should be. It is other people in the KP that are going to debate that and decide whether the name seconded is credible or not.”