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Police distances first family from gold smuggling syndicate

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has dismissed attempts to link the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and her son Collins Mnangagwa to gold smuggling.

In a statement, ZRP spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest of Gift Karanda who made false claims linking the First Lady and her son to the gold that was found in Henrietta Rushwaya’s possession at the Robert Mugabe International Airport.

He said this follows comprehensive investigations that have proved that the statement by Karanda was false and malicious with the intent to defeat or obstruct justice.

Karanda is facing charges of defeating or obstructing the course of justice, dealing in and possession of gold without being a holder of a licence or permit and smuggling.

During Rushwaya’s arrest on the 26th of October Karanda is alleged to have indicated that there was no case as the gold belonged to the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa and her son Collins Mnangagwa.

Karanda was arrested with five others who include Ali Mohamad, Stephen Chenjerai Tserayi, Raphios Mufandauya, Superintendent Shoko and Det. Chief Inspector Chimhungu.

ZBC News online

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