Gold smuggling bust: Arrested dealer Crosby had CID protection
The Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) on Thursday arrested another gold dealer, David Crosby, who is said to be one of the biggest gold dealers in the country who has evaded arrest due to police protection, Zim Morning Post can report.
The arrest comes at a time when the anti-graft crack team has taken its fight against corruption a step up amid intensifying pressure to bring culprits to book.
Crosby was arrested after SACU officers were dispatched to Mutare on Saturday but could not apprehend him until yesterday (Thursday) because “he had protection from police bosses.”
“The team left for Mutare last Saturday but ran into problems because some officials protected Crosby,” a highly placed source said.
Last week SACU dragged to court Criminal Investigations Department (CID) director Chrispen Charumbira on charges of protecting illegal gold dealers including Crosby.
Charumbira appeared before Harare magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti charged with two counts of defeating or obstructing the course of justice and criminal abuse of office by a public officer as defined in Section 174 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23.
According to sources who spoke to Zim Morning Post, Crosby is one of Zimbabwe’s biggest gold dealers, pushing at least 30kg of gold every month in Mutare alone.
Crosby’s network is alleged to stretch from Mutare to Harare Gweru, Zvishavane and Mutare where he buys gold from artisanal miners and small mining enterprises.
“He was mostly based in Mutare, however, what is noteworthy is that he was buying in Harare, Zvishavane and Gweru,” a source said.
According to the arresting officers, Crosby was receiving protection from top cops stationed at the police generals’ headquarters.
He is said to have had a CID officer manning his premises in Harare without the knowledge of Government.
“He was so protected that he had a permanent CID officer stationed at his business premises in Harare,” an impeccable insider said.
Crosby is said to have told the investigating officers that he was selling his gold to Fidelity Printers although he was buying his gold from miners US$6 more than the price of Fidelity.
The arrest of Crosby comes after recently suspended Zimbabwe miners’ boss Henrietta Rushwaya was arrested on Monday for attempting to smuggle 6kg of gold to Dubai through the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.
The arrest has since implicated top security officers among them Police Superintendent Douglas Shoko and Detective Chief Inspector Paul Chimhungu, Gift Karanda and Stephen Chenjerai Tserayi from the Central Intelligence Organisation.
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