NewsDay journalist, Moses Matenga, who was facing charges of illegally possessing a diamond in March this year was acquitted yesterday after it emerged that the stone was not the precious mineral.
According to the assayer’s report produced in court by the State, the stone was not a diamond prompting the prosecutor, Truman Joma, to withdraw charges before plea.
Matenga was ecstatic after his acquittal, saying he had not been moved as he knew he was innocent.
“I knew from the beginning that I had committed no crime. My conscience is very clear, was very clear and will forever be clear.
“I am very grateful to all those who supported me, in particular my bosses at Alpha Media Holdings, my family and friends in the media as well as my legal team,” said Matenga.
Matenga was arrested in Chiadzwa in March during a civic society familiarisation tour after he was found with a suspicious stone at Marange Resources mine.