Rushwaya Freely Walks Home After Police Arrest.
27 October 2020

…Contacted by, Rushwaya was found walking scot-free in the capital Harare and she responded saying she was never arrested (interview below).

By Jane Mlambo| Small scale miners association boss, Henrietta Rushwaya was yesterday arrested while attempting to smuggle gold to United Arab Emirates, a leaked police memo has revealed.

According to the document, detectives from CID Minerals Flora and Fauna Unit (MFFU) Harare Airport received information this morning that Rushwaya intended to smuggle gold to Dubai through the Airport.

The detectives identified her as she commenced check in processes and immigration formalities and immediately alerted the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) scanner operators to thoroughly examine her 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” reads the memo.

Further questioning made her reveal the origins of the gold where 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 licenced 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.”

Rushwaya failed to supply export documents in respect of the gold 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.”

Contacted by, Rushwaya was found walking scot-free in the capital Harare and she responded saying she was never arrested. She sad: (interview below)


OPINION ANALYSIS – How former ZIFA President Henrietta Rushwaya was caught with gold worth USD300K in her handbag.

Henrietta Rushwaya has gold mines in Midlands, and she is also in the business of buying gold. The 6kg of gold was hers and Mnangagwa’s son’s. This is one of Mnangagwa’s sons from his first wife (Josiah Tongogara’s sister).

She had a disagreement after she demanded a share of profits. They did not agree.

By now the gold is now in the hands of Mnangagwa’s sons.

The person who was a link based in Dubai is an Indian who had linked her with a buyer in the UAE.

There was no way for her to carry 6kg of gold in her handbag.