The Labour Court case pitting fired Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya and the football governing body Zifa failed to take off Wednesday at the request of the national association’s attorneys.
The case will now take place tomorrow after the expected arrival of Zifa legal representative Lewis Uriri, who was said to be in South Africa. Uriri is being advised by another Zifa lawyer Ralph Maganga, who confirmed the case could not proceed because Uriri was away.
“The case was postponed to Friday (tomorrow) because Advocate Uriri, who is representing Zifa, was not there.”
Rushwaya’s lawyer Selby Hwacha said: “We agreed to postpone the matter on the strict conditions that we combine all the matters involved in this case including the credibility of the judgment which they sought to dismiss my client. We want to deal with the matter holistically.”
Sources said Hwacha was determined to bring up the much-hyped match-fixing and betting allegations which Maganga described as “difficult to deal with” after they were dropped in the charges which saw Rushwaya being dismissed from her position on Tuesday.
In brushing aside the allegations which have rocked local football, Maganga said Zifa would deal with it at a different forum.
The first female Zifa chief executive was last Friday found guilty of mismanagement and insubordination by a tribunal headed by Labour Court judge Custom Kachambwa on six charges which excluded the match-fixing and betting allegations which led to her suspension on July 27.
Rushwaya was found on the wrong side on six charges out of the 10 which were levelled against her while three were withdrawn. She was found not guilty on one charge.
Zifa might find themselves in a legal mess as Jonathan Mashingaidze has been appointed the acting chief executive officer and, according to the law, is supposed to be confirmed as substantive in that position after three months.
With Rushwaya having been suspended on July 27, Mashingaidze chalked up three months in the office yesterday.