Zifa with­draw fraud charges against trio

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Fun­gai Lu­pande Harare Bu­reau

ZIM­BABWE Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Zifa) act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Joseph Ma­mutse, has with­drawn fraud charges against for­mer Zim­babwe Women’s Soc­cer League chair­per­son Miriam Sibanda and her two co-ac­cused.

Mr Ma­mutse on Fri­day told the court that the with­drawal comes af­ter a board res­o­lu­tion.

The board also granted Mr Ma­mutse power to en­ter into agree­ments and sign on be­half of the as­so­ci­a­tion, to avoid com­pli­ca­tions in fu­ture.

Sibanda (54), Benny Mamoche (45) and Fun­gai Magos­wongwe (35) were fac­ing theft of trust prop­erty charges.

The mag­is­trate, Mrs Von­gai MuchuchutiGuwuriro, granted the with­drawal af­ter plea.

The trio was ac­cused of steal­ing $20 000 meant to buy air tick­ets for the Mighty War­riors trip to Ghana ahead of their crunch African Games qual­i­fier against Ghana in Ac­cra in March last year.

They were rep­re­sented by lawyer Mr Bless­ing Bhala.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Mrs Leonel­lah Chi­tan­daMa­towa, al­leged that the trio had the re­spon­si­bil­ity of sourc­ing do­na­tions for the na­tional team.

They al­legedly ap­proached Freda Re­becca Mine in Bin­dura and re­quested a do­na­tion in cash to cater for air tick­ets for the Mighty War­riors’ trip to Ghana.

It is al­leged that they re­ceived $20 000 from Freda Re­becca Mine.

The money was not re­mit­ted to the Zifa fi­nance man­ager, the as­so­ci­a­tion al­leged, but in­stead the trio shared it.

Miriam Sibanda

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