ZIMBABWE Miners Federation president Henrietta Rushwaya, who is accused of smuggling, was back in court yesterday where she raised concerns over the State’s delays in giving her a trial date.
She has been on remand since 2020.
Rushwaya, Stephen Tserayi, Rafios Mufandauya and ZMF employee, Gift Karanda, appeared before Harare regional magistrate Stanford Mambanje, who remanded them to March 17.
The State, represented by Lancelot Mutsokoti, applied for the matter to be postponed because they were still waiting for extraterritorial investigations to be conducted.
Police are waiting for authority from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to go and conduct the investigations in Dubai.
Pedro Phatisani, on behalf of Rushwaya, raised concerns that his client has been on remand since September 2020.
“The State is proffering the same reasons and it’s a clear indication that the State isn’t ready,” he said.
“May the State make an undertaking to furnish accused persons with a trial date on the next remand date because the idea is to try accused persons, not to continuously remand them, without giving a way forward.”
Mutsokoti said the State could not make an undertaking because it was not in charge of the extraterritorial investigations. Rushwaya was arrested at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport after she was allegedly found in possession of 6kg gold.