- She was charged with contravening section 182 of the Customs and Excise Act after she failed to produce a gold export licence, and the court remanded her in custody to today for bail ruling.
By Mutsa Makuvaza
ZANU-PF official and Zimbabwe Miners Federation president Henrietta Rushwaya tried to board an Air Emirates plane via a route reserved for the VIP at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport moments before detectives pounced on her for gold smuggling.
This came out when the former ZIFA chief executive appeared in court yesterday charged with attempting to smuggle gold worth US$333 000 out of the country.
She was charged with contravening section 182 of the Customs and Excise Act after she failed to produce a gold export licence, and the court remanded her in custody to today for bail ruling.
The State’s case according to court papers is that on October 26 at around 11am, Rushwaya was at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport en-route to the United Arab Emirates.
It is alleged when she arrived at the airport, she went through departure procedures. After her passport was stamped and the boarding pass for Air Emirates issued, the court heard that Rushwaya then went to the X-ray screening point using the VIP route.
Airport authorities asked her to hand over her hand luggage for scanning, and they detected a dense colour in the luggage.
Detectives were summoned and they discovered 6 095,66 grammes of gold.
The court further heard that Rushwaya failed to produce an export licence when asked to do so, leading to her arrest.
Through her lawyer Tapson Dzvetero, Rushwaya denied the charge when she appeared before magistrate Ngoni Nduna.
However, the State consented to bail but magistrate Nduna postponed the ruling to today. – Zimbabwe Voice ■