Zifa to have Dube ar­rested

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ZIFA is this week ex­pected to for­mally report for­mer as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Cuth­bert Dube and his ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to the police for crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice af­ter they failed to ac­count for the foot­ball mother-body’s huge debt.

The move to report Dube and his ex­ec­u­tive to the police fol­lows what has mainly been seen as ar­ro­gance on the part of the pre­vi­ous ex­ec­u­tive af­ter they failed to re­spond to a Zifa re­quest that they ac­count for the nearly $7 mil­lion debt that the as­so­ci­a­tion is faced with.

“For­mer Zifa ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers led by Cuth­bert Dube who ran down the as­so­ci­a­tion’s fi­nances dur­ing their reign will be re­ported to the police for crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice,” said Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa in a com­mu­niqué re­leased on Sun­day.

The de­mand by Zifa was as a re­sult of a gov­ern­ment sanc­tioned and Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion led in­quiry into the state of foot­ball in the coun­try in 2015.

Rec­om­men­da­tions were then made by the SRC, among them the is­sue of the shock­ing debt that has seen the as­so­ci­a­tion los­ing a num­ber of its prop­er­ties to cred­i­tors who would have taken it to court for re­course.

How­ever, ques­tions have been asked about the au­then­tic­ity of some of the claims by Zifa cred­i­tors, with the Zim­babwe Tourisim Au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Karikoga Kaseke pub­licly declar­ing that there were “thieves” at Zifa while re­fer­ring to the Rain­bow debt which he said the gov­ern­ment fully paid as it was part of the ar­range­ment when Zim­babwe played host to the Cosafa Se­nior men Chal­lenge in 2009.

Ac­cord­ing to the Zifa books, the bill is still out­stand­ing, seven years later.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion bill at the Rain­bow Tow­ers stands at $52 069,30.

It has also emerged that ac­com­mo­da­tion charges in one of the lodges that the na­tional team used to set up base in Harare, could have been in­flated. Zifa claims that they were being charged about $125 per night per per­son but a visit to the lodge re­vealed that the most ex­pen­sive room costs $70 while the cheap­est goes for $30.

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