Zifa debts haunt Dube

HARARE - Zifa president Cuthbert Dube threatened to stop personally funding the association after the Deputy Sherriff attempted to attach property from his home in Harare yesterday.

The court bailiffs raided Dube’s Old Alexandria Park home yesterday morning armed with a writ of execution over a $281 985 debt the association owes Pandhari Lodge.

The Deputy Sheriff sought to attach property that included four luxury vehicles; a Toyota Land Cruiser, a Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes Benz ML and Mercedes Benz S600 as well as furniture.

Dube, who has come under fire in recent weeks with calls for him to step down, was able to wade of the Deputy Sherriff after agreeing to a payment plan with the Pandhari officials.

The debt was accrued between February and September last year during the Warriors’ failed bid to qualify for the ongoing 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Dube guaranteed on behalf of Zifa to pay Pandhari to allow the Warriors and the Tanzanian national team to stay at the facility in the run-up to the match.

The former Premier Services Medical Aid boss had to intervene after Pandhari locked out both teams from their rooms.

Dube was however left shell shocked by yesterday’s events and is now reconsidering his stance of bailing out the cash-strapped association.

“I will never do this again,” he told the Daily News. “I was bailing out football for the love of my country. If I didn’t put in my own money as I did we would have been banned long time ago. I was doing it for the love of the country. I don’t think I will do this in future.”

“Zifa had debt already. I understand they were negotiations between the Zimbabwe Unity Government and Padhari on the issue of the Warriors.

“The government said they would settle the debt, which did not happen. I came to realise it during the Warriors game against Tanzania.

“The players went for training, when they came back their rooms were locked. They (Padhari) said we have been going to ministry but there is nothing.

“So I assured that the government would pay.  That’s how they have come to this. But with what has happened it scares me, they now want to take my property.

“I will have to sit down with the Sport and Recreation Commission and the Ministry of Sport and see the best way we can deal with this.”

This is the second time that a Zifa board member has been visited Deputy Sherriff over the association’s debt.

Last year, the court bailiffs visited the business premises of Zifa board member for finance Bernard Gwarada, who runs a local travel agency.

The Deputy Sherriff wanted to attach Gwarada’s property after the association failed to pay for the air tickets used by the Warriors for their 2014 World Cup qualifier against Guinea. 

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said the association had a strategic plan to service their creditors.

“We now have come up with debt servicing plan which involves discussing possibilities for discounts or a much longer payment plan. The other area is to make sure we cut on our expenditure and embrace severe austerity measures,” Mashingaidze said.

“Frankly if we don’t have money we will have to forgo some of these things. We can’t keep on going into debt, with no one helping us only to be called all sorts of names in the end.

“This is a stance we are taking. We are taking ostracism measures and adopting cut backs in terms of our expenditure.”

Comments (1)

since when did employees start bringing their own money to fund employer operations. Its those donations that are making us being held at ransom. Why don't you simply step down mudhara. Fine you love the country and you love the game, but look at the rot that have happened under your watch.

jore - 9 February 2015

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