Celebs date the dock

HARARE - We pay to watch them entertain us in stadiums, but it seems of late football personalities have been offering free shows with their off-field exploits.

From match-fixing scandals, defaulting on paying maintenance to street fights — these personalities have given us all.

Of significance is the case of former Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) chief executive Hanrietta Rushwaya who appeared in court last week over charges involving match fixing scandals.

To date, former Zimbabwe national football team assistant coach Nation Dube and ex-Zifa board member Edzai Kasinauyo have been fingered in the match-fixing scandal along with Rushwaya.

According to court records, Zimbabwe would lose back-to-back matches by a 2-0 goal margin and in the event that Zimbabwe scores, the players were to ensure that they lose the match by a 3-1 goal margin.

If there was no goal conceded in open play, the targeted defenders had an obligation to concede a penalty and later receive a red card.

In turn, targeted players would receive $15 000 each for fixing the matches.

Rushwaya and her team together with Leeroy Kundishona Waguta who turned whistleblower were acting in connivance with Chan Sankaran a popular Asian match fixer.

Sankaran was also the financier.

And while CAPS United Football Club fans had raised their hopes high that captain Method Mwanjali would do good for the team he found himself in a brawl and allegedly stabbed a man twice in the stomach leading to his arrest, he is out on bail.

Mwanjali appeared in court together with Gutu another CAPS player charged with attempted murder and malicious damage to property, respectively.

  It was alleged that on April 17 around 4 am Mwanjali was at 1+1 club at Long Cheng Plaza in Harare in the company of Gutu.

When they were driving out of Long Cheng Plaza, they almost collided with Tonderai Nhunzvi’s vehicle but managed to stop.

The court heard that Gutu fumed at Nhunzvi and accused him of driving badly.

Nhunzvi then closed his car windows but an infuriated Gutu reached for an unknown object and smashed the windscreen before returning to his car.

Nhunzvi’s friends Lionel Muchena, Edgar Muchibwa and Marian Chikomo intercepted Gutu from getting into the motor vehicle where Mwanjali was waiting.

The court heard that Nhunzvi and his friends wanted to settle the matter at the nearest police station but Gutu refused.

This attracted onlookers who were on the scene before Mwanjali left the car they were travelling on to see what had happened.

The court heard that Mwanjali went to their car and brought back a knife that he used to stab Nhunzvi twice in his stomach.

Mwanjali also cut Muchena on his right thumb when he wanted to block Nhunzvi from being attacked.

After realising that they had committed the offence, Mwanjali and Gutu fled from the scene and later went to Marimba Police Base to file a report of malicious damage to property.

Former Dynamos Football Club captain Leo Kurauzvione has also been in court for defaulting on maintenance for his three children.

Kurauzvione pleaded guilty to the charges when he appeared before magistrate Donald Ndirowei and was ordered to pay the arrears amounting to $200, or face four months’ imprisonment.

Ndirowei considered that Kurauzvione was a first-time offender who did not waste the court’s time by pleading guilty.

He also noted that Kurauzvione’s failure to comply with a court order was contemptuous and added that a prison sentence wholly suspended on condition the arrears are cleared, would justify the offence.

Kurauzvione had pleaded with the court to give him a month’s allowance to allow him to source the money.

“I am married with three children and not employed at the moment. I have not found any form of job since the beginning of this year,” he said then.

“I am a footballer and usually get employment around this time of the year. I don’t have money on me or any other savings and plead with the court to give me a month to go and raise the money.”

Kurauzvione told the court that he had given his ex-wife $60 and agreed to settle the rest.

“I gave her $60 and agreed to settle the rest. Unfortunately I don’t have evidence to prove that.”

Mukumbiri proved that on August 29, 2014, Kurauzvione was ordered by a Harare Civil Court to pay $40 monthly maintenance for the upkeep of his children.

Kurauzvione did not pay the money from September 31 last year to January this year.

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