HUMAN RIGHTS defender Farai Maguwu is one of the recipients of this year’s Giraffe Heroes award for “outstanding citizens” worldwide.
The awards are organised by a United States non-profit making organisation, Giraffe Heroes’ Project.
In a brief citation, Giraffe Heroes’ Project said Maguwu had suffered a lot in his efforts to expose irregularities in Zimbabwe’s mining sector.
“Farai Maguwu is telling the world that the miners in the diamond fields of Zimbabwe are being abused,” the organisation said.
“He’s also demanding loudly that the profits from the mines be used to benefit the people of that country rather than disappearing into unseen hands.
“He’s been imprisoned and he’s watched constantly, but his Centre for Natural Resource Governance goes on monitoring the mines and sounding alarms.”
In 2010, Maguwu spent 31 days in remand prison over allegations of publishing falsehoods regarding operations in Marange diamond fields.
The charges were later withdrawn by the State.
Other recipients of the award include former US Navy SEAL, Eric Greitens.
Greitens used his combat pay to establish The Mission Continues, a non-profit organisation that matches US veterans still eager to serve, with communities that can use their devotion and skills.