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Rushwaya hearing set for conclusion on Saturday


The hearing into the case of mismanagement, betting and corruption being levelled against suspended Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya is expected to end on Saturday.

Zifa lawyer Ralph Maganga told NewsDay on Friday that they are just waiting for evidence from former vice president Tendai Madzorera who is expected to testify today before they can conclude the case.

The hearing began last week and continued on Tuesday and Wednesday with former Zifa board members Gladmore Muzambi and Mwandibhuya Mutepfa giving evidence.

Rushwaya, who did not attend the week-long hearing, is arguing that the Custom Kachambwa-led tribunal was not suitable to conduct the hearing after Kachambwa made remarks on ZTV that he was concerned at the mismanagement at Zifa.

Part of Rushwaya’s charge sheet reads as follows:

“ . . . Facilitating (and) or allowing the Zimbabwe national soccer team to travel to Malaysia on a trip that had not been approved by either the Zifa board or the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC).

“That is to say on 28 December 2009, a Zifa employee (Musavengana) under your direct supervision, with your tacit or implied approval, arranged a trip by the national team to Malaysia where the team played a fixed match under the auspices of a Malaysian betting syndicate.

“The team was paid to lose the match, to the obvious prejudice of the reputation of Zimbabwe as a soccer playing nation and to the Fifa ranking of the national team.

“That is to say on or about 26 May 2010, you on behalf of Zifa, signed a contract with Kentaro AG in terms of which Zifa literally gave everything away including rights as defined by Article 45 of the Zifa constitution and got nothing out of a soccer match that was eventually played between the Zimbabwe national team and the Brazilian national team at the National Sports Stadium.

“As a result of your action in binding the national association to this one-sided agreement, Kentaro AG is demanding from Zifa, payment equivalent to all the gate takings realised from the said match, money which the national association did not receive in the first place.

“It is further alleged that you also applied for a loan of
$103 000 from the Sport and Recreation Commission without the authority of the board and to date you have not accounted for the same money, neither have you repaid it.

“The SRC has demanded this money from Zifa.”

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