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Rushwaya Case Rattles First Family

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s family is not stopping at anything to clear its name from the the gold smuggling scandal involving former Zimbabwe Miners Federation President Henrietta Rushwaya.

This followed a police report which claimed that one of the accused persons Gift Karanda told them that the yellow metal in Rushwaya’s possession belonged to the First lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and her son Collins.

On Sunday, the First Lady and her son Collins Mnangagwa challenged the police to come up with evidence linking her to the case.

The ZRP did not waste time, promptly issuing a statement that they had concluded investigations while exonerating the first family form any wrongdoing.

This was followed by President Mnangagwa who yesterday warned that corrupt individuals will be arrested.

“Let me be very clear. If you engage in or promote corruption, you will be arrested and prosecuted.  There are no excuses for corruption. No one is above the law,” he said.

In her Monday press briefings, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa alleged that the Mnangagwas were being attacked by the country’s detractors. She alleged that there was a smear campaign against the first family meant to demonize the image of the country.

“These malicious reports that seek to link the President, His Excellency, Cde ED Mnangagwa and his family to corrupt individuals are by no means a coincidence; rather they are well-coordinated attacks on the system, which is intended to agitate Zimbabweans into demonstrations and uprising,” she said.

A source told 263Chat that since Rushwaya’s arrest and the alleged name-dropping of Auxillia’s name, there has been a lot bickering from the first family in an effort to cleanse their name.

“The First Lady has been relentless in her efforts to ensure that she is deemed clean in all this mess. Remember she has been on a drive to preach goodwill with her Angel of Hope Foundation and this will affect all the efforts she has made.

“Do not be surprised to see arrests of more police officers who slept on duty while her name was being dragged in the mud. That statement she issued on Sunday is a tip of the iceberg, there is more to come,” said the source.

Opposition member, Douglas Mwonzora yesterday said there should be no holy cows in dealing with corruption.

The Mnangagwa administration came into office, promising to decisively tackle corruption but all that has been hot air due to the low number of convictions.

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