Zimbabwe: Police Boss Narrates How 14kg Airport Gold Smuggler Outsmarted His Boys


POLICE Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga has narrated how gold smuggler, Tashinga Nyasha Masinire, recently sneaked out of the country with 14 kilogrammes of gold through the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport only to be arrested by more alert security officials in South Africa.

Masinire was arrested by South African law enforcement agents at the O.R International Airport. He was en route to Dubai with the loot valued at over US$800 000.

Matanga and Home Affairs Ministry secretary Aaron Nhepera were appearing before joint parliamentary portfolio committees on Mines and Mining Development; Defence, and Home Affairs.

The police boss tried to be cautious in his identity of the gold smuggling syndicate led by a “Mr Hunde” who assisted Masinire to sneak out with the loot.

The implicated law enforcement agent has since been arrested and is in remand prison.

However, he is widely reported to be an operative of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) based at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport and his other aliases are; Chamakandiona Nyahunde or Vincent Moyo.

Matanga said on the day the gold was intercepted in South Africa, Nyahunde was not on duty, but pitched up at the airport solely to help Masinire smuggle the gold out of the country.

“It was after the arrest of Mr Masinire in South Africa by the South African Hawks when the communication came to us through Interpol that some 14 kilogrammes of gold were intercepted at O.R Tambo in Johannesburg,” he told the MPs.