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Zimbabwe Arrests Six In Gold Smuggling Case

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Zimbabwean Police have arrested at least four people in connection with a high profile gold smuggling case involving a relative of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The case began after 53-year-old Henrietta Rushwaya, who is the President of Zimbabwe Miners Federation, was arrested at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport while attempting to smuggle 6kg of gold in her handbag to Dubai.

The gold was said to be worth about $333,000.

Steven Tserayi, one of the president’s long-term aides, was detained with her, according to local reports, and has been sacked by the president, but not arrested.

The police in Zimbabwe have confirmed the arrest of at least four people in the case.

The four include Ali Mohammed of the car dealership Ali Japan 786, whom Rushwaya allegedly fingered as the source of the four gold bars found in her luggage; two security services officers – Steven Cherai and Rafius Mupandauya – who may have been involved in the attempt to get Rushwaya through the security checks with her gold; and Gift Karanda who national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi last night said, when confirming the four arrests, had allegedly lied that he was a member of the Central Intelligence Organisation after he went to the airport to assist Rushwaya.

Rushwaya was arrested after airport scanners detected the gold. Police say she did not have the necessary export permits.

Ms Rushwaya, who appeared in court on Tuesday and is awaiting bail, denied the charges.

The prosecution believes that Ms Rushwaya is part of a wider smuggling ring.

Zimbabwe is a major gold producer, and in the past many smuggling rings have benefited from the protection of powerful politicians.

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Diego Maradona: The “Magic Footballer”

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As the world mourns the passing of Diego Maradona, Argentinan journalist, Joaquin Chomicki and Nigerian broadcaster, Temisan Okomi speak with NewsCentral TV’s Tolu Shotade on the “magic footballer” today on In The Game.

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Business Edge| Kenya Seeks $2.3 Billion Loan from IMF to Aid Economic Recovery

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On Business Edge today, News Central’s Joe Hanson and Global Tax Advisor, Mtwalo Msoni talked about Zimbabwe Beginning to Re-claim Underutilized Farms and how Kenya Seeks $2.3 Billion Loan from IMF to Aid Economic Recovery.

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COVID-19: South Africa Records 3,250 New Cases In 24 Hours

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South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has announced 3,250 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the country’s total confirmed infections to 775,502.

The new cases, he said, came from 29,437 tests.

The minister also confirmed that 118 COVID-19 related deaths – 51 in the Eastern Cape; 30 in the Western Cape; 24 in the Free State; seven in Gauteng; four in Limpopo and two in KwaZulu-Nata – were recorded in the last 24 hours as of Wednesday evening.

The development brings total coronavirus deaths in South Africa to 21,201.

Meanwhile, the authorities in Western Cape province have expressed deep concern about a sharp jump in Covid-19 cases.

The virus is showing signs of a resurgence in parts of South Africa – the most badly affected country on the continent.

After a long lull, infection rates are beginning to rise in some areas, particularly along the country’s southern coastline.

Doctors in Cape Town and in Port Elizabeth are reporting a spike in hospital admissions.

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