KELVIN Kaindu and Highlanders signed a memorandum of agreement on Friday night ending the two-year-nine month relationship between the Zambian coach and the Bulawayo football giants that had been shrouded in secrecy for the past week.
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The memorandum of agreement (mutual termination of contract) in Southern Eye’s possession was signed by Kaindu and Highlanders chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede. The document was finally signed on Friday at 8pm.
It reads: “Whereas the two parties entered into an agreement of engagement of Kelvin Kaindu as technical manager of Highlanders Football Club on December 21 2013. Whereas the manager has served part of the contract to date. Whereas the parties have enjoyed a good working relationship and whereas the parties have agreed to mutually terminate the agreement. Now, therefore, the parties agree as follows: (1) The technical manager will resign from this post by virtue of signing this agreement of mutual termination (2) The parties will enter into an agreement on settling the contractual obligations due to the technical manager and any other terms agreed between the two parties
(3) The agreement mentioned in paragraph 2 above shall be signed simultaneously with this present agreement
(4) The parties have signed this agreement voluntary (sic)
(5) This agreement constitutes the entire contract between parties and any warranties, representations or conditions not recorded herein shall not be binding on the parties unless endorsed hereon in writing and signed by the two parties.”
Gumede was not at liberty to divulge Kaindu’s severance package believed to be $18 000, but yesterday said the Zambian’s assistants Mark Mathe and Peter Nkomo would be in charge of the team for the rest of the season.
“Only if (Kelvin) Kaindu wants to tell you how much his package was, I cannot tell you. People who were assisting Kaindu were not there to make numbers, but were there to assist on merit. The departure of one does not make the structure collapse,” Gumede said yesterday.
Earlier, speaking from his base in Zambia, Kaindu had asked this paper to ask Gumede to produce a copy of his resignation letter and said he would only comment after the club had issued a statement. Later in the day, Kaindu said he was in a meeting.
Attached to memorandum of agreement was a Press statement issued by Highlanders and dated October 7.
“At a regular review and planning meeting on Monday October 29 (sic) 2014, Mr Kaindu announced to the Highlanders executive that he was stepping down voluntarily and wished for an amicable disengagement.
“The executive reluctantly accepted his intention seeing that there were only a few games before the end of the season, but Mr Kaindu had made up his mind that it was the best to leave at this juncture. Mr Kaindu then took advice from certain quarters which action then delayed the finalisation of the process to amicably disengage.
“Speculation grew in leaps and bounds as ‘success’ proffered varied reasons for the manner of happenings at Highlanders.
“The club is legally bound to honour its contractual obligations with regard to finances. Highlanders takes this opportunity to thank Kaindu for his exemplary behaviour, astute leadership qualities, wise counseling and devout dedication to duty. We wish him all the success in his future endeavours and know that, to steal his words, ‘It shall be well’, reads part of the statement.
The statement also says fearing for his safety, Kaindu bade farewell to his players and colleagues following the 1-3 loss to ZPC Kariba at Hartsfield Rugby Grounds two weeks ago as reported by this publication which dashed Bosso’s hopes of clinching the league title.
However, impeccable sources said Kaindu was told during the September 29 meeting after the ZPC Kariba match that ended in violence, that his security was no longer guaranteed.
The match ended violently with Bosso fans throwing missiles onto the pitch.
Mathe takes charge of Bosso beginning on Sunday against Caps United, a team he beat 4-0 with his charges at Barbourfields Stadium in May when Kaindu was away in the United Kingdom
attending a Uefa B Licencing course.