University of Kent law lecturer Alex Magaisa believes Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) president Henrieta Rushwaya, who was arrested on Monday, will be out on bail soon and her case will eventually die a natural death.
Rushwaya was arrested at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport where she was found with 6kg of gold destined for Dubai.
As a politically exposed person (PEP), the prosecution will set up the Rushwaya matter to fail, like the Delish Nguwaya affair, Magaisa observed. Below is Magaisa’s full thread on Twitter:
Reading the comments regarding the arrest of Henrietta Rushwaya for attempting to smuggle gold, most people do not believe she will be held accountable. That’s how low the justice system ranks in the public estimation because it bends towards PEPs and political elites.
Gold is one of the country’s biggest forex earners. A person smuggling gold out of the country is sabotaging the nation.
If Henrietta Rushwaya has been connected to the MDC Alliance, state media would be having a field day. But she’s one of their own, looting in broad daylight.
Just a few days ago, Rushwaya was with the Minister of Mines, Winston Chitando where big deals were announced.
Also present at the ceremony was that Ali Mohammed of Ali Japan786, the chap who Rushwaya is implicating as her principal in the gold smuggling. The Herald covered it.
If Rushwaya’s confession is correct, this means Minister Chitando was dealing with a criminal element.
Do the intelligence guys ever do any due diligence or they just focus on going after government critics? Remember the Drax affair and that dodgy Albanian chap?
It looks like criminals masquerading as investors see Zimbabwe as a haven for their heists.
And how many more Zimbabweans out there are acting as couriers, like Rushwaya? She was probably bleating about sanctions yesterday. But they are the ones looting in broad daylight.
She will probably be bailed shortly. And after a few remand hearings, the matter will die quietly. It will be set up to fail, like the Nguwaya affair.
There will be technicalities that will be exploited and that will be it. It all depends on who her political godfather is.
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