Rushwaya found guilty

Suspended Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya will know her fate on Tuesday after the disciplinary committee chaired by Custom Kachambwa found her guilty of six charges that were preferred against her but significantly there was no mention of the much hyped match fixing and betting.

Rushwaya was found not guilty in one charge of the 10 while three charges were withdrawn.

Zifa lawyer Ralph Maganga could not produce the actual charge sheet but among the charges Rushwaya was found guilty were;

“Facilitating (and) or allowing the Zimbabwe national soccer team to travel to Malaysia on a trip that had not been approved by either the Zifa board or the Sport and Recreation Commission and applying for a loan of $103 000 from the Sport and Recreation Commission without the authority of the board and to date you have not accounted for the same money, neither have you repaid it.

The SRC has demanded this money from Zifa.”

Rushwaya was absolved of signing a contract “on or about 26 May 2010, on behalf of Zifa, signed a contract with Kentaro A.G in terms of which Zifa literally gave everything away including rights as defined by Article 45 of the Zifa constitution and got nothing out of a soccer match that was eventually played between the Zimbabwe national team and the Brazilian national team at the National Sports Stadium.”

Maganga said: “No charges of match fixing were preferred against Rushwaya because it is an issue that is not easy to deal with.

It is an issue which should be resolved by us (Zifa) in a different forum since investigations are still going on with regards to that issue.”

Sources said the judgment has already recommended that Rushwaya be dismissed from work but Maganga refused to comment on the matter.

Rushwaya’s lawyer Selby Hwacha refused to comment saying he had not been served with the papers by Friday night.

Hwacha is contesting the composition of the Zifa disciplinary committee in which Kachambwa is the chairman.

Hwacha maintains the hearing was unlawful and prefers the Labour Tribunal set for Monday.
Rushwaya was facing allegations of mismanagement, match-fixing and bribery when she was the chief executive officer at the embattled association and has been on suspension since July 27.

Zifa then set up a disciplinary committee led by Labour Court judge Kachambwa, independent arbitrator George Wilson and Harare lawyer Vimbai Nyemba.

Hwacha is arguing that Kachambwa had expressed his personal opinions on what he considered “mismanagement” at Zifa in the “popular” ZTV programme “This is Football.”

“We feel that Kachambwa was unsuitable for the appointment to consider management issues in respect of which he already has an opinion,” said Hwacha.

“We therefore feel that the only lawful route is to let the Ministry of Labour deal with this issue on October 25.

We confirm that our client will not present herself for a hearing before the unlawful committee and we will, if necessary, only maintain a watching brief,” says Hwacha.

Programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana and marketing officer Harry Taruva are also on suspension on similar charges.

Musavengana led the Warriors to Asia in December even though the national association’s constitution states that only board members, who include regional chairpersons, have the power to do so.

In damning reports by an investigating committee led by Zifa second vice president Ndumiso Gumede, Rushwaya, Musavengana, national team players, coaches and referees were fingered to have accepted money to fix matches