Rushwaya to stand trial

FORMER Zifa chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya will face trial next month after her application to have charges of corruptly concealing a transaction from a principal was dismissed yesterday.

Magistrate Ms Esthere Chivasa ordered the State to amend the charges and include the name of the person representing Zifa in the matter.

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The charges against the former Zifa boss emanate from soccer matches the senior national soccer team, the Warriors, played in Asia.

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Rushwaya, who was represented by Mr Tafadzwa Hungwe and Mr Dumisani Mthombeni of Venturas and Samukange, pleaded not guilty to all nine counts of corruptly concealing a transaction from a principal when she initially appeared before Ms Chivasa.

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Ms Chivasa deferred the case to September 12 for trial.

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In her application, Rushwaya argued that the mere concealing of a transaction from a principal was not a criminal offence.

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She said it could be an act of misconduct and prayed for her acquittal on that basis.

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But prosecutors Mr Oliver Marwa and Mr Sidom Chinzete said the State’s facts were clearly disclosing that an offence was committed.

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They argued that the State was relying on Rushwaya’s failure to disclose the nature of transaction to his principal and failure to disclose the source of funding the team’s participation in the Asian games.