By Daniel Itai, Harare, Zimbabwe
Stephen Chuma, the MDC Alliance’s national Youth Assembly spokesperson has said the arrest of Henrietta Rushwaya, president of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) who has since been suspended, is nothing anew.
Rushwaya was arrested on Monday at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport after she failed to produce the required documents that allowed her to export 6kg of gold she was in possession of destined for Dubai.
“It is no longer aluta continua but loot continua in Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Banana Republic disguised as a Second Republic. Forget about Mnangagwa’s deceptive and smokescreen anti-corruption body which he said would work closely under the supervision of the President’s Office in the fight against corruption.
The arrest of Henrietta Rushwaya at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in a gold smuggling manoeuvre lays bare the rot inside Mnangagwa’s New Dispensation. The fact that Rushwaya is a close relative to the Deputy Chief of Staff in Mnangagwa’s Cabinet clearly lays bare a well knit corruption syndicate that is run right from the Office of the President.
What of Stephen Tserayi, Rushwaya’s accomplice in the looting syndicate? Tserayi is a member of the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO), an organization whose members pride themselves as from the President’s Office. What this entails is that the President’s Office is now the new breeding ground of corruption.
Moreover, Rushwaya, Tserayi and company are just a tip of the iceberg to the rampant corruption that is brewing right inside the Office of the President. After all this overwhelming evidence of corruption, should we cry against sanctions as our number one enemy? Certainly no! Until there is change of guard in the Office of the President, it is loot continua and never aluta continua against corruption,” said Chuma.
Rushwaya is expected to appear before the Magistrate Court today where she will get to know whether or not if she will be out on bail.