Zanu (PF) Ngos Riled At Maguwu's Appointment

The National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) appointed Maguwu, a diamond researcher and activist, to the position on Tuesday.

However, a group of NGOs-believed to be affiliated to Zanu (PF) wants the appointment reversed on the grounds that Maguwu was facing criminal charges.

The organisations that are clamouring for Maguwu’s appointment to be annulled include the Indigenous Business Development Centre (IBDC) led by Joshua Marufu, the Zimbabwe Indigenous Economic Empowerment Organisation headed by Paddington Japajapa, the Federation of Civil Society Organisation led by Godson Mguni and Sangano Munhumutapa represented by Simbarashe Mapondera.

They argue Maguwu was on bail and therefore not free to operate.

Maguwu was released on bail after his arrest and incarceration three months ago. The state is alleging Maguwu spread falsehoods prejudicial to the state after he passed information detailing human rights abuses and the smuggling of diamonds by senior army officers at Chiadzwa.

Maguwu denies the charges.

The pro-Zanu (PF) organisations on Wednesday met at Obert Mpofu’s offices in Harare and demanded that Maguwu’s appointment be annulled.

But Nango has stood firm declaring it would not change its position.

Cephas Zinhumwe, Nango chief executive officer rubbished Wednesday’s meeting saying: “For us, we have done our choice and that is it.”

“We cannot repeat the process which we have done. If they appoint whoever they want, let them go ahead. We will wait and see what direction the government is going to take.”