- Tserayi was reportedly working for the President's Office as a Presidential motorcade chauffeur.
By Mutsa Makuvaza
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has fired his security aide who was reportedly arrested by police after being part of the gold smuggling racket linked to Zimbabwe Miners Federation boss Henrietta Rushwaya.
The Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) security aide, Steven Tserayi, was busted at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport yesterday afternoon as he and Rushwaya allegedly tried to smuggle 6.09kg of gold to Dubai.
The gold bars are worth an estimated US$360,000, and Rushwaya is expected to appear in court this afternoon.
While a police statement issued for the public yesterday made no mention of Tserayi, impeccable sources within the Criminal Investigation Department confirmed he was arrested together with Rushwaya.
Citing a senior intelligence official, investigative online publication NewsHawks has confirmed that President Mnangagwa has shown Tserayi the door.
Tserayi was reportedly working for the President’s Office as a Presidential motorcade chauffeur.
“President Emmerson Mnangagwa has booted out a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) security aide, Steven Tserayi, who was yesterday linked to Henrietta Rushwaya over trying to smuggle 6.09kg of gold to Dubai, a senior intelligence official has confirmed,” said NewsHawks, which is run by some of the country’s top independent journalists.
Although little is known about Tserayi, former Cabinet Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, who is in exile, said he knows Tserayi as a runner for the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa.
“Tserayi, an ex-aide to former Minister Francis Nhema, is a runner for Auxillia Mnangagwa and her sons. It’s a no brainer that Tserayi was traveling with Henrietta to protect the VVIP loot until Murphy’s law hit the duo’s luck; thanks to insiders fed-up with State House looting!”
If convicted, Rushwaya faces a minimum of five years in jail.
A teacher by training, Rushwaya tried her hand in Zanu-PF politics and was angling for the Gutu South seat in 2008.
Rushwaya tried and failed to secure the ticket to represent Zanu PF in Gutu South in the 29 March 2008 Parliamentary elections and the ruling party asked her to stand down.
Before entering politics and full time business, Rushwaya worked as a football administrator and is ex-Zifa CEO.
Her stint in football ended badly as she was linked to a series of corruption cases involving extortion, fraud, bribery, theft and match-fixing scandals, as well as dodgy love affairs. She was named in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal alongside top footballers and coaches. – Zimbabwe Voice ■