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Rushwaya fights for freedom


Lawyers representing former Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya were last night fighting for her release from police custody, arguing her continued detention was illegal after the Anti-Corruption Commission failed to bring her to court yesterday.

Rushwaya was arrested on Thursday evening for alleged corruption and fraud and detained overnight at Avondale Police Station. Negotiations for her release were still on at the time of going to press.

Her lawyer Jonathan Samukange told NewsDay Sport: I am in negotiations with the Anti-Corruption Commission to release her before Monday because I believe her detention is unlawful.

We have recorded warned-and-cautioned statements and I am confident she will be released with the way things are going.

This case was actually reported, I think in 2009, the police prepared their docket and did not detain her which means there was no reason for suspicion. Zifa then hauled her before a disciplinary hearing and dismissed her.

They then set up an independent committee to investigate the same allegations three different people investigating the same person, unless the Anti-Corruption Commission is saying the police are incompetent.

If need be, they can prepare a fresh docket and hand it over to the Attorney-General who will then decide to prosecute or not, otherwise I think they have infringed on her rights and she needs to be released.

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