- Rushwaya, who leads the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF), a coalition of small gold miners, was yesterday at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport together with Stephen Tserayi, a chauffeur of the Presidential motorcade who is also a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operative.
DEPUTY Chief Secretary – Presidential Communications – in the Office of the President, George Charamba, has warned the “loudmouths” who are excited over the arrest of former ZIFA chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya as she was attempting to smuggle 6kg of gold bars to Dubai.
Rushwaya, who leads the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF), a coalition of small gold miners, was arrested yesterday at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport together with Stephen Tserayi, a chauffeur of the Presidential motorcade who is also a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operative.
Police say they placed Rushwaya under surveillance following a tip off that she was carrying the gold, and then alerted the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe to pay particular attention to her luggage.
When the scanners picked up the gold, officials alerted the detectives who searched her bag in her presence and found the estimated six kilogrammes of gold worth US$360 000.
On being questioned, Rushwaya allegedly indicated that she obtained it from one Ali from Alexandra Park, Harare, whom she alleged was a licensed gold buyer under the name Ali Japan 786 Private Limited, but failed to produce supporting documents.
However, Ali Japan78 is an automobile company and has no known history of involvement in gold trade.
President Mnangagwa is related to the Rushwaya family. This became public a few months ago when Gogo Mary Rushwaya, mother to Defence Secretary Martin Rushwaya, died at the Avenues Clinic in Harare.
This has added special interest as Zimbabweans await to see how Henrietta’s case will be handled. The heightened interest has led to Charamba threatening those rejoicing over her arrest.
Charamba played down the arrest of Rushwaya saying it was being used by enemies of Government to belittle the effects of sanctions on the economy.
“We have well-known punters of American position and interests seeking to use the alleged criminal act by one Henrietta Rushwaya to retrospectively seek to excuse illegal American and European sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe in 2001/2002! What folly!” said Charamba.
“Europe imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe as some kind of pay-forward for alleged crimes by Zimbabwean citizens some 19 years later!!! Except these quislings did not need today’s occurrence to turn themselves into dutifully defenders of American and EU illegalities; all they needed is American and European lawlessness, and of course treachery and low national consciousness to get galvanized and fired as Western poodles!
“Incidentally, the righteousness with which they make their stupid points in base defence of US and EU illegalities leaves one with the impression they themselves effected the detection and arrest of the alleged offender!! In reality it is Government machinery which did so, apart from going public about it!”
Charamba further threatened that a good number of the “loudmouths” rejoicing in Rushwaya’ arrest have skeletons in their cupboards which would soon be exposed.
“Meanwhile, a good many of these loud-mouths are themselves notoriously involved in many iniquities, among them currency dealings and gold smuggling! It won’t be long before the world knows them. Watch this space!” Charamba warned. – Zimbabwe Voice ■