Don't come to my office: Chiyangwa

HARARE - Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa has approached the Magistrate’s Courts seeking to bar one of the association’s creditors from visiting his personal offices.

The association is currently embroiled in a legal battle with photographer Lazarus Riva, who is seeking to recover over $30 000 for services he rendered to the previous Cuthbert Dube-led board.

“What has caused greater alarm is that on the 26th of August 2016, the respondent unlawfully invaded the Head Office of Native Investment Group at 160 Enterprise Road, Harare without any legal basis whatsoever.

“The respondent disrupted the smooth flow of business at the premises by making comical and noisy demands for attention,” Chiyangwa said in his application.

“The respondent who is not an employee of Muronda and Malinga Legal Practitioners purported to be serving court papers on behalf of the law firm which he is not an employee of.

“To make matters worse neither any of my companies or myself were parties to the court case. The court papers that the respondent purported to serve were clearly directed to Zifa and correctly identified Zifa’s address of service as No. 53 Livingstone Avenue, Harare.

“To my surprise No. 53 Livingstone Avenue is more than 10km away from No. 160 Enterprise Road, Harare. There is absolutely no resemblance of any similarity between the two addresses that the respondent can claim it was genuine.”

The matter will be heard before a magistrate this coming Monday. 

However, since the failed attempt to liquidate and rebrand Zifa to the National Football Association (Nafaz) in June, the Zifa headquarters at 53 Livingstone Avenue in the CBD have been closed.

All of Zifa’s operations are currently being done from Chiyangwa’s offices in Chisipite where the Harare businessman is seeking to bar Riva from visiting.

“It is public knowledge that Zifa has a separate legal existence apart of that of its members and officers. Zifa conducts its business at No. 53 Livingstone Avenue, Harare and the administration of its affairs is handled by its secretariat headed by a full-time chief executive officer,” Chiyangwa said.

The Harare businessman went on to claim that he lost a considerable amount of business after Riva’s visit.

“The ill-conduct and misbehaviour of the respondent at 160 Enterprise on the 26th of August 2016 was so severe that after respondent’s invasion, there was immediate closure of business for that day,” Chiyangwa said.

“I lost millions worth of potential business due to the uncivil behaviour of the respondent, I am still assessing the amount lost due to the respondent’s conduct and shall institute appropriate proceedings to that end.”

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