Dynamos treasurer arrested

HARARE - Dynamos treasurer Webster Marechera was arrested on Monday for allegedly fleecing the club off close to $30 000 in gate takings from last season.

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba yesterday confirmed the arrest.

“Yes he (Marechera) was arrested and he will be appearing in court tomorrow (today). At the moment I’m out of the office and cannot give you more details,” Charamba told the Daily News last night.

The Daily News is in possession of a police report made by Dynamos board finance director, Robinson Rundaba.

The report cites at least 10 league matches in which Marechera could have swindled the club in a well-orchestrated scam but there are many more cases in which the popular club might have been swindled.

“I Robinson J Rundaba... and also on my capacity as the finance director of Dynamos Football Club (Pvt) Limited do hereby report an anomaly cited into the PSL Gate Returns which could be either fraud or theft on some Dynamos Football Club home games gate returns”, said Rundaba.

Rundaba also claims that there was a claim of $26 660 on every home game that did not carry any supporting invoices.   

In one instance, when Dynamos hosted Highlanders in a league match at Rufaro Stadium on April 21 last year, the Harare giants grossed $33 212,16.

However, only $30 612 was deposited in the club’s account, leaving a variance of $2 600.

The same thing happened when the Glamour Boys hosted Chicken Inn at the same venue on April 1.

DeMbare grossed a total of $9 885, but only $7 885 was deposited in the club’s account. A variance of $2 000 was discovered in this case.

When Dynamos hosted CAPS United for the Harare derby on September 15, they grossed $62 892 but according to the DeMbare accountants only $61 390 was deposited.

Marechera is alleged to have pocketed the $1 502 difference.

This was the pattern in all of the 17 home games Dynamos hosted last season, including the two African Champions League and one African Confederations Cup matches.

In total, Dynamos grossed a total of $284 706,92 from their 17 home games from last season but only $255 656,20 appeared in their account.

For many years, Dynamos have always attracted large numbers when they are at home at Rufaro but the numbers in the stands do not tally with the official figures the club would then release.

The official seating capacity of Rufaro stands at 35 000 but according to the official tickets sales the highest number was 20 659 for the Harare derby against CAPS United last September.

It appears there is a well-orchestrated ticket scam at the club that has taken place for many years.

Marechera’s arrest is likely to open a can of worms as the details start to emerge when he appears in court today.

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