Police distance First Lady from Rushwaya gold smuggling scandal

First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa

By Staff Reporter

POLICE have distanced President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife and son from a gold smuggling racket fronted by Zimbabwe Miners Federation president Henrietta Rushwaya.

Rushwaya was busted at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport Monday last week with 6kg gold which she was about to smuggle to Dubai.

A cornered co-suspect Gift Karanda claimed the loot belonged to the two members of the first family.

The claims set Zimbabwean media abuzz while putting the First Family’s integrity back on the spotlight.

However, police have been called to clear the first family’s name after the claims have ignited a public outcry.

Police said, “Comprehensive investigations have proved that the statement by Gift Karanda was false and malicious with intent to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.”

Also speaking publicly for the first time on the matter, Auxillia denied any involvement in the gold smuggling scandal while ordering police to clear her name.

“I have no dealings nor involvement with Miss Henrietta Rushwaya of any illegal kind.

“I am challenging the Police through their relevant office to issue a statement with regards the utterances by one officer during her arrest that falsely implicated me and my son Collins.

“I am a strong advocate for transparency and honesty and any continued silence by the police can be misconstrued as a cover up.

“If there is any incriminating evidence against me, I challenge the police to present it to the nation without fear or favour. If there be none, I also challenge the police to say so.”

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda Saturday warned corrupt individuals against ‘name-dropping’ the first family to secure easy passage to perform acts of corruption.

Norton legislator and Mnangagwa ally, Temba Mliswa recently told the media the President was clean on corruption, adding his closest link to graft were cheeky individuals who have abused their close association with the national leader to commit engage in acts of corruption.

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