Zimbabwe NGO Director Turns Himself In

Maguwu attracted the ire of President Robert Mugabe’s government after he gave the visiting Kimberely Process Monitor Abbey Chikane, a report detailing human rights abuses by soldiers and the high level smuggling of diamonds from Chiadzwa by officials from Canadile Mining.

Maguwu met with Chikane last Tuesday, during which he is believed to have raised concerns about human rights violations going on at Chiadzwa diamond fields.

Maguwu, who had been in hiding, turned himself in the presence of Mutare based lawyers Tinoziwa Bere and Johane Zviuya of Bere Brothers in Mutare. Zviuya said Maguwu walked into their offices in the morning and asked to be accompanied to the police station.

According to his lawyers, Maguwu would be charged with contravening section 31 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act. “He is being accused of communicating false information to the Kimberly Process monitor,” said Bere.

Bere said police were yet to record a statement from his client.

Police and state security agents last Thursday raided the offices of CRD at Fidelity Life Centre in this eastern border city. They failed to find Maguwu at the time of the raid but proceeded to Maguwu’s home in the high density suburb of Chikanga where they arrested his young brother.

Bere said Maguwu is expected to appear once the police are through with their investigations.