Zifa House is haunted, dirty - Chiyangwa

HARARE - Zifa's headquarters at 53 Livingstone Avenue in Harare is “haunted and dirty” and the association secretariat will never go back there according to its president Philip Chiyangwa.

The property known as Zifa House has been under lock and key since last year with the association fearing its foreclosure by creditors owed at least $7 million. 

Since the offices’ closure, the association’s secretariat has been operating from Chiyangwa’s personal business offices in Chisipite where the Harare businessman’s companies are also housed.

“Before we can talk of Zifa House, I think it’s important that you establish why it was abandoned,” Chiyangwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“When I got there, the place was haunted, it was noisy and I can’t operate in a place like that.

“The place is dirty and I’m not someone who is associated with filth or clumsiness. Everyday people were always coming at that place making noise.”

However, in the past the Zifa president has also taken legal action against creditors who had tried to serve their writ of executions at his Chisipite offices.

In one of the cases heard before the Harare Magistrates’ Courts last year, Chiyangwa successfully applied for a peace order barring a Zifa creditor Lazarus Riva from coming to his Chisipite offices.

Through his lawyers, Chiyangwa argued before the court that Riva should not enter his private business offices.

Instead, Riva should go to 53 Livingston Avenue since that is where the Zifa offices are located.

Chiyangwa, who is also the Cosafa president, insisted that all football business would be conducted at his personal offices.

Meanwhile, the Harare property developer says the association has no plans to hire a substantive chief executive officer in the near future.

Zifa has been operating with a skeleton secretariat since the sacking of CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze in April last year.

Since then, Zifa chief operating officer Joseph Mamutse has been filling in the vacant post on an interim basis.

In November last year, former Dynamos treasurer Eric Mvududu, former Mamelodi Sundowns general manager Kenneth Makhanya and Southern Region board member Brighton Malandule were interviewed for the post but Zifa later announced they were now heading-hunting for a new CEO.

“The one (Mamutse) who is there is performing well and why should we bother to appoint another one when we have a competent person in that position?” Chiyangwa said.

“Who cares? Isusu varidzi vake (us his employers) we don’t care whether he is permanent or not because what is important is for him to deliver. We are not going to appoint a new CEO because we are happy with the one who is there.”

Besides the CEO, Zifa also sent packing their finance and competitions managers, together with the referees’ desk representatives, during the same period last year.

According to Fifa, all associations must have such key personnel within their structures in order for smooth operation.

At the moment, Chiyangwa and some members of his executive committee are performing the duties of these sacked staff members.

This goes against the dictates of good corporate governance since the executive committee members are only supposed to play an oversight role while the secretariat conducts the day-to-day operations.

Chiyangwa is unfazed by this anomaly in his administration and said that there will not be any appointments of new office bearers anytime soon.

“It’s important that you look at several factors like affordability among others. I will have to look if the funds are permitting and for now we will operate as it is,” he said.

“It does not make sense to just employ people when there is no income. Remember you are talking to a man with authority. I’m the Cosafa president and I have an influential position at Caf as well.

“So there is nothing you can tell me about Fifa statutes.”

Comments (1)

dont work in FILTH???? explain ZIMPLASTICS?

Shut UP - 29 June 2017

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