State drops charges against Magamba Network

By Wisdom Mumera

The State has dropped externalization charges against Magamba Cultural Activist Network Trust (Magamba Network) after it failed to find witnesses to support its allegations.

Magamba Network was being accused of externalizing foreign currency after it reportedly transferred money to an international account without authorization from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s Exchange Control Authority.

Prosecutor, Francisca Mukumbiri had alleged that on June 3 2014, Magamba Network had transferred US$5 150 from its Stanbic Bank account to a Solid Ground Holdings account held with a Mauritius Commercial Bank Limited.

The state further alleged that on June 19, 2014, Magamba Network had transferred $5 300 into the same account in Mauritius.

However, the state revealed on Wednesday that it was now dropping the case after failing to provide witnesses to substantiate its case.

Speaking soon after the State’s decision, Magamba Network director Sam Munro said it was a waste of time as the charges were false from their beginning.

“From the beginning, we were saying these are trumped up charges, they have been wasting time. We were ready for our day in court.

“The State had no case, they had no witnesses so now officially the case has been dropped and for us, it’s an important day,” he said.

Munro said it was their hope that the State would stop harassing them so that they focus on making more jokes and tweeting tweets which are some of their core duties.



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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to be the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network as news editor for their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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