Chiyangwa hunts Cuthbert Dube

HARARE - Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa has launched a campaign to make his predecessor Cuthbert Dube account for the association’s debt which now stands at $7 million.

Dube and his entire executive committee had their mandate revoked in October last year paving the way for the December 2015 elections which ushered Chiyangwa into power.

At the time Dube left office, Zifa were $6 million in the red and now it appears Chiyangwa is hell-bent on getting to the origins of the debt.

The maverick Harare businessman has given Dube and his former colleagues seven days to respond.    

“Zifa is in correspondence with the previous Zifa regime which was led by . . . Dube, demanding written responses from the former Zifa executive committee members regarding findings of a commission of inquiry conducted in 2015,” the association said in a statement yesterday.

“Following the commission of inquiry into the state of football at the behest of the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC), the Dube-led executive committee and its head of secretariat, Jonathan Mashingaidze is obligated to respond to the commission’s findings.

“The commission’s findings were forwarded to the former administrators but they have not yet responded to issues that require their immediate attention.

“Dube and fellow executive committee members, Twine Phiri, Fungai Chihuri and John Phiri; together with former Chief Executive Officer Mashingaidze are all obliged to explain their part in the accumulation of the US$7 million debt in writing to the SRC within the next seven (7) days.”

“Ndumiso Gumede, Miriam Sibanda, Elizabeth Langa and Brig. Elliot Kasu (Retired) served under Dube at some point and they are also compelled to respond to the commission’s findings sent to them three weeks ago.”

The current Zifa administration also claims there were underhand dealings which they have also asked Dube and his colleagues to answer. 

“There were alleged shady transactions that were entered into during the period when the individuals concerned were in positions of authority at Zifa, thus they are answerable for all the financial misnomers raised by the commission of inquiry,” read the statement.

“The previous leadership is also obliged to shed light on alleged deviation from defined organisational policies, explaining why policies were not implemented or adhered to.

“Failure to take heed to the final demand for detailed responses to the commission of inquiry’s findings will attract punitive measures from the Zifa executive committee.”

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