28 October 2020

By A Correspondent- Henrietta Rushwaya was today remanded in custody to Friday for ruling on the state’s application to withdraw consent to bail.

The development comes as the Zimbabwe Miners Federation president who is charged with smuggling involving US$333 000 worth of gold today appeared at Harare magistrates court after she was on Tuesday remanded in custody for bail ruling.

Magistrate Ngoni Nduna yesterday said he wanted to consider the conditions agreed by the State and her defence team where the two parties consented that she was s uitable candiate for bail.

However, today,the tables turned for Rushwaya after the state made a u-turn regards consent to bail.

.The State led by Mr Charles Muchemwa had consented that Rushwaya be granted $90 000 bail.

The state had also agreed that Rushwaya be ordered to report twice a week at CID Minerals Flora and Fauna Unit, Harare and not to interfere with investigations and witnesses.

The State had agreed that Rushwaya be ordered to surrender title deeds to her lawyer Mr Tapson Dzvetero’s No. 709 Crowhill Estate, Borrowdale in Harare.

Mr Dzvetero had also agreed to the proposed bail conditions and demanded that trial kicks off when they return to court on November 13.

“The accused wishes to clear her name and have the trial commence. I am advised that the State completed its investigations and we hope that on the next remand date, November 13, trial commences,” said Mr Dzvetero.

In the latest development, the state argued that the gravity of the crime was clear indication that this was organised crime.

“CCTVs at the airport was switched off and clearance for the accused took 4 minutes. This is evidence that the net is actually wider.”

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