The Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) says its president, Henrietta Rushwaya, has nothing to do with an audio circulating on social media platforms purported to be a response to the Al Jazeera documentary, “Gold Mafia” that was broadcast recently.
The documentary identified Henrietta Rushwaya and New-age pastor Uebert Angel as part of a gang of criminals involved in money laundering using their proximity to State power.
Rushwaya is President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s niece while Angel is the Presidential Envoy and Ambassador at Large to Europe and the Americas.
After the documentary’s screening, audio circulating on social media purporting to be that of Rushwaya dismissed citizens’ complaints on the serious allegations made by Al Jazeera investigators. ZMF official Wellington Takavarasha said:
The ZMF Executive and Management Board is hereby denouncing audio circulation on social media platforms purporting to be that of The ZMF President Henrietta Rushwaya.
The audio is meant to tarnish the image of the ZMF President and that of the organisation.
The ZMF Constitution article 12.1.2 precludes its leadership from actively participating in politics.
The ZMF is an apolitical organisation and you’re advised to disregard that fake, malicious and mischievous audio.
The audio, which carries a female voice, tells Zimbabweans not to be silly and avoid being used by the West. It said:
Zimbabweans I want you to know one thing. All the miners sell their gold to Fidelity Printers and Refineries.
So do you expect us to store the gold like dry vegetables when it gets to FPR?
Right now Zimbabwe is under sanctions and we have no access to international markets. How do we sell the gold?
Remember gold is not like tomatoes which are taken to a vendor’s stall. No. It is bought by wealthy people from Dubai.
Talk of the projects being implemented by the government, where do you think all that money is coming from?
Zimbabweans don’t be silly. You are being used by the West. After all, the CCC has begged for the sanctions to stay in place but today you are down speaking the efforts being made for the nation to survive.
The Chief Investment Officer at the Office of Presidential Envoy and Ambassador at Large (OPEAAL), Sobona Mtisi also issued a statement saying Uebert Angel suspected the undercover Al Jazeera journalists were not genuine investors and used a decoy who posed as Henrietta Rushwaya during the telephone conversations.
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