Rushwaya Says She Carried The Wrong Bag To The Airport

Henrietta Rushwaya has said she picked up the wrong bag with four gold bars weighing 6kg, instead of a similar bag with her clothes when she went to the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Monday last week.

Rushwaya was arrested at the airport on 26 October when security officials discovered the gold a handbag she was carrying with her to the United Arab Emirates.

The suspended Zimbabwe Miners Federation boss acknowledged owning the gold in question but told the court that there was a “mix-up” of bags when she left home for the airport.

Through her lawyer Tapson Dzvetero, Rushwaya said she intended to carry a bag with her clothes to the airport but instead, the handbag containing gold was loaded into her car.

Dzvetero said this while cross-examining the investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Chibaya, during Rushwaya’s bail application before Harare regional magistrate Ngoni Nduna on Tuesday. Dzvetero said:

The bag was similar to another bag which she was about to carry out of the country.

The wrong bag was put into her vehicle and she did not have the knowledge of the contents that she took to the RGM Airport and she realised this at the point the scanners revealed that there was gold.

Will you dispute that the investigating officer, one Bruno Chiketo, captured this aspect which is critical to her defence when she interviewed first accused (Rushwaya) upon her arrest at the airport?

Dzvetero also alleged that Rushwaya’s arrest has since been politicised as some elements want to use it to soil the name of the First Family. He added:

My client is now being played a political victim which explains why once a simple matter was transferred to Law and Order. We hear of name dropping of the First Family and it now has political connotations.

Dzvetero distanced Rushwaya from the commercial invoice bearing the name of Ali Muhamad’s company, Ali Japan 786 Limited, that the State says was found in her possession when she was arrested at the airport.

He said the commercial invoice is a cooked up and is being used for political expedience.

The hearing continues this Wednesday.

More: The Herald

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3 comments on “Rushwaya Says She Carried The Wrong Bag To The Airport

  1. There is a case in-waiting for investigations you lame ZRP! Gold with a purity of 99% is found in the lockers of Fidelity and not at Henrietta”s residence!!

  2. And now you have heard it all folks these scum are not beyond lying and cheating in every aspect of thier lives
    Any one at high level caught in corruption should have a minimum 25 year prison scentence with hard labour to repay the citizens they are defrauding every day

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