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Rushwaya’s aide says gold belongs to Auxillia Mnangagwa and son Collins

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  • ... the gold Rushwaya was carrying “belonged to the First Lady and one Collins, a son to the First Family who was supposed to have brought it but due to other commitments had requested Rushwaya to transport it on his behalf.”

By Staff Reporter

GIFT Karanda, the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) secretary for external affairs, has implicated First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and her son Collins in the gold smuggling racket that has landed ZMF boss Henrietta Rushwaya in prison, according to a police memo seen by the Zimbabwe Voice.

The police document, which is being used in court, saya after Rushwaya’s arrest at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport with 6kg of gold in her handbag Monday morning, Karanda (44) presented himself as a CIO operative.

Karanda then told the arresting officers that the gold Rushwaya was carrying “belonged to the First Lady and one Collins, a son to the First Family who was supposed to have brought it but due to other commitments had requested Rushwaya to transport it on his behalf.”

Download the police memo here: POLICE MEMO ON RUSHWAYA ARREST.

The State is charging Karanda with defeating or obstructing the course of justice. The Zimbabwe Miners Federation has since suspended both Karanda and Rushwaya from within its ranks.

Apart from Karanda, two bona fide CIO agents have arrested together with top officers in the police and Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Police say Karanda implicated First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and her son Collins as the owners of the 6kg of gold Rushwaya was smuggling. However, Rushwaya implicated one Ali Muhammad.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s now fired security aide Stephen Chenjerai Tserayi, 45, CIO operative Raphios Mufandauya, 37, are in police custody pending their appearance before the courts.

Download the police memo here: POLICE MEMO ON RUSHWAYA ARREST.

Also arrested in the ongoing dragnet is 52-year-old Pakistan businessman Ali Mohamad who owns a vehicle import company, Ali Japan 786.

However, while Karanda allegedly implicated the President’s wife and son, the same police memo says Rushwaya implicated Mohamad, who she said had given her instructions to take the gold to Dubai where she was to deliver it to an unnamed individual.

The police communication from the Criminal Investigations Department’s Minerals Flora and Fauna Unit (MFFU) says Mohamad is charged with smuggling, the same as Rushwaya.

Tserayi and Mufandauya, meanwhile, face charges of criminal abuse of office as public officials for “using their positions as members of the Central Intelligence Organisation to escort Rushwaya while evading all security check points at the airport with the intent to facilitate smuggling of the gold.”

Download the police memo here: POLICE MEMO ON RUSHWAYA ARREST.

Police say Rushwaya – who has been remanded in custody until Friday when a magistrate will rule on her bail bid – will face additional charges of money laundering and bribery.

She allegedly offered a US$5,000 bribe to a Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe employee and an intelligence officer to secure her freedom.

Download the police memo here: POLICE MEMO ON RUSHWAYA ARREST. – Zimbabwe Voice / Agencies ■

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