A former chief executive officer (CEO) of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), Henrietta Rushwaya has been arrested at Harare’s Robert Mugabe International Airport for trying to smuggle 6kg of gold to Dubai.
In a statement seen by Josey News Network, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) confirmed the arrest of Rushwaya adding that she will be taken to the Harare Regional Magistrate Court on Tuesday.
“On 26 October 2020, information was received by detectives from CID MFFU Harare Airport to the effect that the accused intended to smuggle gold to Dubai through the Airport.
“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.
“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 only identified as Ali of number 32 Lanark Road, Alexandra Park, Harare. She indicated that Ali is a licensed 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 Airport.
“The accused was asked to supply export documents in respect of the gold and she failed leading to her arrest.
“The recovered gold will be taken for assay to determine quantity and value. It will be lodged at Fidelity Printers and Refiners for safekeeping.
“The accused will be taken to Harare Magistrate Court on 27 October 2020,” read the statement.