Rushwaya Claims Discrimination As She Is Denied Bail

The suspended president of the Zimbabwe Mining Federation, Ms Henrietta Rushwaya has claimed that the courts are discriminating against her after she was denied bail again.

Rushwaya was arrested last month after she was found with a bag containing six kgs of purified gold which the state alleged was destined for Dubai.

The former ZIFA boss disputes the allegations that she intended to smuggle the gold saying she carried the gold by mistake when she actually wanted to carry an identical bag with her clothes.

Through her lawyers, Rushwaya who is in remand prison said a Phakhinstan national should not have been granted bail which she is being denied. She said:

A Pakistani international with an expired VISA gets bail over a Zimbabwean with a fixed abode is discriminatory.

The Pakistanian in question is Mr Ali Mohammed, a licenced gold dealer who was also arrested over the gold smuggling saga and was subsequently granted bail.

Mohammed was arrested after reports which suggested that Rushwaya had implicated him in the alleged foiled smuggling.

He challenged his placement on remand saying he was not at the airport when Rushwaya was arrested but was at his home playing with his children.

Rushwaya is jointly charged with Mohammed, Central Intelligence Organisation officers Raphios Mufandauya and Steven Tserayi as well as her subordinate, Gift Karanda.

More: NewZimbabwe

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