A mining boss in Zimbabwe has been arrested on allegations of attempting to smuggle 6kg of gold to Dubai.
Miners Federation of Zimbabwe president Henrietta Rushwaya, 53, was arrested at the Robert Mugabe International Airport after scanners discovered the mineral in her hand luggage.
Police confirmed her arrest.
“The ZRP confirms the arrest of Henrietta Rushwaya at RGM International Airport this afternoon after scanners at the airport checkpoint indicated that there was something in her hand luggage,” police said in a statement.
The gold has a street value of US$276,000 at US$46 per gram on the local market.
The Zimbabwe Miners Federation is an association of small-scale miners, also known as artisanal miners or “zama zamas”.
According to the police charge sheet, there was a tip-off about Rushwaya’s intention to smuggle gold to Dubai and her movements were being monitored by detectives. Her bags were scanned and purified gold was found.
Upon being questioned, she said she was just a runner for a person called “Ali Japan” and was meant to drop the bag at Dubai Airport where an unnamed individual was going to receive her.