The much-awaited disciplinary hearing for suspended Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya is scheduled for Wednesday.
But Rushwaya’s lawyer Selby Hwacha is contesting the composition of the Zifa disciplinary committee in which Custom Kachambwa is the chairman. Hwacha maintains today’s hearing is unlawful and prefers the Labour Tribunal.
Rushwaya is facing allegations of mismanagement, match-fixing and bribery when she was the chief executive officer at the embattled association and has been on suspension since July 27.
Zifa then set up a disciplinary committee led by Labour Court judge Kachambwa, independent arbitrator George Wilson and Harare lawyer Vimbai Nyemba.
Rushwaya’s lawyer argues that the committee which is supposed to chair the hearing is “not properly constituted”.
Hwacha argues that Kachambwa had expressed his personal opinions on what he considered “mismanagement” at Zifa in the “popular” ZTV programme This is Football.
“We feel that Kachambwa was unsuitable for the appointment to consider management issues in respect of which he already has an opinion,” said Hwacha.
“We therefore feel that the only lawful route is to let the Ministry of Labour deal with this issue on October 25.
We confirm that our client will not present herself for a hearing before the unlawful committee and we will, if necessary, only maintain a watching brief,” says Hwacha.
Zifa’s legal representative Ralph Maganga was adamant that the hearing would take place on Wednesday after witnesses lined up to testify were informed.
He added that the application challenging Kachambwa’s presence on the committee had already been dismissed.
“The hearing on the issue is now set for Wednesday and we hope the issue will have been concluded before the end of the week on Friday,” said Maganga.