Henrietta Rushwaya faces weekend behind bars

Henrietta Rushwaya faces weekend behind bars

Zimbabwe Miners Federation president Henrietta Rushwaya will spend two more nights in remand prison as the court establishes the legality of the State to withdraw their consent to bail, Harare Magistrate Ngoni Nduna ruled on Wednesday.

The former Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) CEO was arrested on Monday by the CID Flora and Fauna Unit for attempting to smuggle six kilograms of gold worth US$333,000 to Dubai through Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

Her path to freedom appeared clear after the State and defence team agreed that Rushwaya be granted bail on Tuesday.

The State acceded to Rushwaya being granted ZWL$90 000 bail.

They agreed to the former ZIFA CEO to be ordered to report twice a week at CID Minerals Flora and Fauna Unit, Harare and not to interfere with investigations and witnesses.

Rushwaya was to surrender title deeds to her lawyer Mr Tapson Dzvetero’s No. 709 Crowhill Estate, Borrowdale in Harare, the State said.

However, Magistrate Nduna rubbished the consent and remanded the matter to Wednesday.

On Wednesday the State made an about turn and opposed bail for saying circumstances had change and that Rushwaya is part of a larger syndicate.

The State said she was assisted in smuggling gold by some airport employees and a Central Intelligence Officer while CCTV had been switched off.

Rushwaya’s defence team argued against the State’s submissions leading the matter to be remanded to Friday for ruling.

The matter is likely to enter the bail application stage thereafter. Rushwaya will likely spend the weekend behind bars.

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