Wicknell Chivayo bounces back

HARARE - Harare businessman Wicknell Chivayo has bounced back as Zifa benefactor after withdrawing his support earlier this month.

The youthful entrepreneur, who has interests in the energy and transport sectors, has a sponsorship agreement with Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa worth $1 million for three years

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Chivayo had, however, withdrawn his sponsorship after claiming Zifa had already exhausted at least $600 000 from the fund inside three months.

He was also infuriated by newspaper reports that Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa had not been paid his salary for the last two months.

All that is now water under the bridge after, Chiyangwa and Chivayo addressed a press conference yesterday to announce their reunion.

During the explosive briefing, Chiyangwa made it clear that the sponsorship was exclusively between him and Chivayo and not Zifa.

The Zifa president also revealed that Chivayo had made a U-turn after the intervention of Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe.

“Chivayo is still around. This gentleman is supporting me in my person. I know the past week or two weeks haven’t been too good,” Chiyangwa said.

“I know he has agreed to come back and help me because he met the First Lady in Dubai and she represented me and told him that ‘you should continue’.

“That’s why some people are misinterpreting the pictures that have been coming out. It was a meeting to normalise my relationship with Chivayo that had gone awry due to articles that had come out in the newspapers.

“I never said a thing because I knew it could cause more damage to my relationship with my young brother here.”

Chivayo said: “I just want to make it very clear that we have settled our differences. The pressure that was arising from the newspaper articles and everybody was attacking me.

“It is important to note that I was doing this for a national cause and to support the game sincerely as a successful businessman.

“I have brought Pasuwa’s three months’ salary here for the reporters to see. This is $30 000, you can give Pasuwa his $21 000 and the $9 000 to the Mighty Warriors who are in camp.”

Chivayo added: “The difference for Pasuwa’s salary is deposited in an escrow account with BancABC. The first of every month he can withdraw his salary.

“We will now continue from where we were before. I get instructions from . . . Chiyangwa. I don’t communicate with Zifa.

“I do not have any relationship with Zifa. So nobody must attack me if Zifa fails to run their affairs.”

Comments (1)

That amount is still subject to PAYE. We advise,

Dixon - 18 April 2016

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