Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
3 minute read
11 Nov 2020
5:01 am

Gold bars or blue jeans?

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

Only in Zimbabwe can you confuse the weight of six kilograms of gold with a pair of blue jeans.

Picture for illustration purposes. AFP/DAVID GRAY

Watching the US election from this side of the Atlantic, we began to feel as if it was election time in Zimbabwe – the same emotions, frustrations and anxieties. For the past fortnight in Zimbabwe, however, we have been gripped not with election fever but with gold fever. At the forefront is Henrietta Rushwaya, the former chief executive of the Zimbabwe Football Association who left her post there after being accused of fixing international football matches between 2007 and 2009 in a scandal known as Asiagate. Rushwaya, president of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation, was caught with six kilograms of gold...