MPs calls for Warriors fund audit


Kambuzuma MP Willias Madzimure on Thursday called for the creation of a Select Committee of Parliament that would demand an audit on the national men’s soccer team’s trust fund.

Madzimure, who moved the motion on Sports, which was seconded by Masvingo Central MP Jeffryson Chitando, said it was surprising the trust had been raising money that was never disbursed.

“They were on television raising money and quite a substantial amount was raised, but we did not see a situation where that money was audited or surrendered,” said Madzimure.

“There were also hard assets like vehicles and three generators donated and it is important to have a report on how the trust functioned and whether it concluded its work of handing over the assets and money raised.”

On Asiagate, Madzimure and Chitando described the implicated Zifa officials as having engaged in casino football, saying they should not be allowed to continue operating like the mafia or demi-gods because some of them believed they were untouchables.

“We had a mafia brewed at Zifa office by the former CEO Henrietta Rushwaya and according to statements by former Zifa vice-president Tendai Madzorera, Rushwaya enjoyed preferential protection from the Zifa president. She said he could not fire her because he knew what gold he was standing on,” said Chitando.

He said a Central Intelligence Organisation operative, only known as Phillip, from the late Vice-President Joseph Msika’s Office had abused Zifa funds together with Rushwaya to the extent that he was included as a Zifa delegate on every trip.

The two MPs called for the arrest of Rushwaya and the implicated persons in Asiagate.

Madzimure said Parliament should look at the possibility of crafting a law that would deal with the criminal aspect of the game of football.

The fund, which was established to raise money on behalf of Zifa, had the late VP Msika as its patron and was chaired by businessman Tendai Savanhu and included Reserve of Bank Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, Mhondoro-Ngezi MP Bright Matonga, Tsholotsho North MP Jonathan Moyo, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi.