Sikhumbuzo Moyo in BULAWAYO
ZIFA will not hesitate to boot out malcontents within the association’s executive committee and secretariat if the Government’s audit team reveals financial irregularities from the African Nations Cup qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Guinea’s reconciliation books. The audit is expected to be finalised tomorrow or Monday morning, according to ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube.
Speaking in a rare interview with Chronicle Sport last night, Dube said the association has an image to protect and if the audit report reveals some untoward financial behaviour by some members of his body and the secretariat, he will not hesitate to boot them out of 53 Livingstone Avenue. “If, indeed, the audit process will reveal any financial misconduct as is being reported in the media, then certainly heads will roll, we can’t protect bad apples in the association.
“I was not at Rufaro Stadium myself so it will be difficult to give a first-hand account but no one will be spared. “The audit process, as you correctly reported has already started and since just for a single match, it should not take long at all,” said Dube. Board member Tawengwa Hara has already spilled the beans after he publicly admitted that he was paid $400 which was brought to his hotel room by another board member John Phiri in the middle of the night.
The money, however, is not reflecting on the association’s income and expenditure statement from the match. The Bulawayo lawyer, who is also the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League table toppers, Chicken Inn’s secretary general, said the money was for his travel costs that he incurred from Bulawayo to Harare and back.
However sources said Hara and acting women football boss Elizabeth Langa’s air travel tickets were paid for by a Harare-based travel agent with close links to ZIFA. The agent has since been reimbursed its money, which also is not reflecting on the discredited income and expenditure statement. Another board member Fungai Chihuri, who is the acting board member finance, is alleged to have signed for $2,800 as board expenses and $1,200 as travel and subsistence.
Asked why he was not reigning in on his all too powerful chief executive officer, Jonathan Mashingaidze, despite a number of complaints against him, Dube said this was not true. “I hear stories that I am protecting Mashingaidze, what for? “He is not immune from sacking because if I do that I will be soiling my own name and public standing, something which is certainly not good for me.
“If we get any bit of evidence that he is and has been astray then believe me, I will show him the door, make no mistake about that,” said Dube.