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Zimbabwe Miner Boss, Who Is Accused Of Gold Smuggling, Re-Elected

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Zimbabwe Miners Federation president Henrietta Rushwaya who has a pending case of attempting to smuggle 6kg of gold has been re-elected as the federation’s president for the next five years.

Rushwaya (53) who was released on $100 000 bail some months back, was retained as president of the federation in elections held recently.

She had been stripped of the presidency after her arrest last year.

ZMF spokesperson Dosman Mangisi said Rushwaya retained her position in the federation’s elections.

“Rushwaya together with three other national executive members have retained their positions as they won elections unopposed,” he said.

At some point, Rushwaya’s arrest attracted the attention of Britain with the former colonial master hinting on intensifying sanctions.

The House of Lords discussed about the matter and accused Zimbabwe leadership of failing to prosecute corruption cases.

Rushwaya was arrested together with President Mnangagwa’s security aide Stephen Chenjerai Tserayi (45), CIO operative Raphios Mufandauya (37), Pakistan businessman Ali Mohamad (52) who owns a vehicle import company Japan 786 and a CIO imposter Gift Karanda (44) who implicated First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa and her twin son Collins are involved in the case.

However, the Zanu-PF government quickly jumped to defend the first family. When she was arrested Rushwaya (53) of Number 1 Garlake Close, Gunhill told police that the gold US$333, 000 belonged to Mohamad who had instructed her to take it to Dubai.

She had been charged with gold smuggling, illegal possession of gold and bribery arising from her arrest on 26 October last year at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport when four bars of gold weighing 6kg were found in the bag she was carrying.

She is jointly charged with businessman Ali Muhammad and two CIO officers accused of helping her through the VIP route at the airport.

The case is still with the courts and trial is yet to start.


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