ZMF boss Henrietta Rushwaya arrested, faces gold smuggling charges
FORMER Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) CEO Henrietta Rushwaya was arrested this afternoon for allegedly smuggling gold to Dubai.
She was arrested by the CID Flora and Fauna Unit and is expected to appear in court Tuesday.
According to a ZRP Internal memo Rushwaya was trying to smuggle six kilograms of gold worth US$366,000 to Dubai through the Robert G Mugabe International Airport.
Rushwaya who is the serving president of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF), is said to have been carrying gold with the intention to export but without gold export approvals leading to her arrest by the CID.
“The detectives identified the accused as she commenced check in processes and immigration formalities. The detectives immediately alerted the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) scanner operators to thoroughly examine the accused’s bag,” police said.
The arrest is said to have occured after a police tip off from concerned citizens.
“Gold was detected by the scanner in the accused’s bag which formed part of her hand luggage. The bag was searched in the presence of the accused by CID MFFU detectives whilst other stakeholders at the airport witnessed the search.
“A total of approximately 6kg of gold whose value is yet to be determined was recovered stashed in the accused’s personal luggage in her bag. The accused was questioned about the origin of the gold and she indicated that she obtained it from one Ali of number 32 Lanark Road, Alexandra Park, Harare.
“She indicated that Ali is a licenced gold buyer using the name Ali Japan 786 Private Limited. She alleged that she had been instructed by Ali to leave the gold to an unidentified person at Dubai International Airport,” read the internal memo.
Her arrest comes at a time Zimbabwe is losing millions of dollars from the illegal exportation of gold to Dubai and Malaysia.