More trouble for Rushwaya as jailed miners boss is suspended

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By Staff Reporter

INCARCERATED Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) president, Henrietta Rushwaya’s world continues to crumble in her eyes after a ZMF management board Thursday met and resolved to suspend the under-fire miners boss.

The ZMF board, which consists members of the national executive, the council and regional representatives, met Thursday afternoon in Gweru.

Rushwaya was arrested on Monday at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare while trying to smuggle 6kg of gold to Dubai.

She was remanded in custody until this Friday when a Harare magistrate is going to rule on an application by prosecutors to withdraw their initial bail consent towards the ex-ZIFA CEO.

ZMF Management chairperson, Makumba Nyenje told journalists in Gweru after a press conference that Rushwaya’s deputy, Marufu Sithole will take over in an acting capacity.

“As the management committee, we have received reports from the Secretary General and Treasurer General following the incident involving Rushwaya and Karanda.

“After strong deliberations pertaining the two, we have realised that they are appearing before the courts for attempted smuggling of gold and this committee has focused on action to take, ” Nyenje said.

He explained that ZMF constitution stipulated that if a member came under investigations or conviction on a crime, they automatically cease to be members of the national executive.

“Our constitution stipulates that a member convicted of a criminal offence shall also cease to be a member of the national executive.

“Since the case is still before the courts, whilst awaiting the verdict, this committee is recommending suspension of Rushwaya and Karanda from their offices until finalisation of their matter or expiry of their term of office that comes on 14 June 2021 whichever comes first,” he said.

Nyenje said ZMF was recommending Marufu to take over.

“Accordingly, the committee is recommending that Marufu Sithole as the first vice president takes over as acting President until the matter is finalised.”