‘Rushwaya arrest is ED warning

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By JENNEPHER MUTUKWA

THE high-profile arrest of Henrietta Rushwaya should serve as a clear signal to Zanu PF cartels that they should take heed of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent warning against  high level graft, a government spokesperson has said.

Information permanent secretary Nick Mangwana said this today in a tweet, but many analysts were skeptical pointing that this was another arrest-and-release ploy by government to hoodwink the public that it was taking action to combat corruption.

The tweet read, “President @edmnangagwa spent the whole of last week warning those in high positions and those close to power to desist from wayward ways. This warning is ignored at one’s peril. The system is primed to cleanse Zimbabwe of organised crime syndicates for the good of the nation.”

Rushwaya, who is  the Zimbabwe Miners Federation president, was arrested on Monday at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport for attempting to smuggle six kilogrammes of gold worth US$333 000 to Dubai.

She appeared in court today.

Harare Magistrate Ngoni Nduna reserved bail ruling to tomorrow after the State and defence teams were both in consent that she be granted bail.

Nduna told the State and defence teams that it was unfair for them to come to court on consent for the granting of bail.

“You can’t just bring your consent for me to rubberstamp. So bail application has to be done before me to give basis of the consent,” he said.

 

 

 

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