Zim Diamond Researcher And Activist Set Free

Maguwu who was accused of passing on the information which was described as prejudicial to the state, to the Kimberely Process monitor Abeey Chikane. The document also detailed how security agents and soldiers were smugglind diamonds from Chiadzwa.

Maguwu was arrested and was detained for over a month. He was later freed on US$1 500 bail and ordered to reside at his Mutare residence and not to interere with state witnesses. His lawyers said he was detained under very appaling conditions.

Maguwu told journalists on Thursday after the charges were dropped that he was happy to be a free man.

“I am happy to be a free man,” he said. He was flanked by his lawyer, Trust Maanda.

Zimbabwe’s National Association of Non Governmental Organisations (Nango) recently nominated Maguwu its Kimberely Process focal person but the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Obert Mpofu said the Zimbabwe government would not recognise the appointment because he was facing criminal charges.