Zimbabwe's First Lady Implicated in Gold Smuggling Racket

The first family has distanced itself from an attempt to smuggle 6kg of gold out of the country. In a statement, First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa said: "I do not engage in illegal narrow-minded pursuits like gold smuggling." The gold was found in the possession of miners' federation boss, Henrietta Rushwaya. At the time of her arrest, she and co-accused Gift Karanda said the gold belonged to the Zimbabwe first lady, Auxilia Mnangagwa and her son, Collins Mnangagwa. When he came into office, President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed to tackle corruption but his administration has been accused of shielding the real culprits while using less powerful people as scapegoats.

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa (file photo).

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