‘Rushwaya, Mwaruwari in love affair’
19 October 2016
FORMER Zimbabwe national soccer team captain Benjani Mwaruwari once had a love affair with former ZIFA CEO Henrietta Rushwaya, a court heard.
This was revealed by whistle blower, Leeroy Kundishora Waguta, in the on-going matching fixing trial in which Rushwaya is being jointly charged with Edzai Kasinauyo and Nation Dube.
Rushwaya, Kasinauyo and Dube are standing accused of attempting to ‘fix’ the AFCON qualifiers played between Zimbabwe and Swaziland early this year.
“Benjani and Rushwaya had a relationship.
“She would get into his house and access any room and she would do anything she likes.
“She would also access his properties,” revealed Waguta when he was testifying before magistrate Lucy Mungwaru.
Waguta also confessed that he was involved in match fixing activities in South Africa saying it was his source of livelihood.
The 30-year-old also confessed to approaching South Africa-based Zimbabwean players with intention to ‘fix’ matches in the ABSA Premier League.
Waguta told the court he was surprised to hear that their scheme to ‘fix’ matches that were to be played in Mbabane and Harare had been known and investigations were being made.
Asked by prosecutor Ephraim Zinyandu to explain how he was known to Rushwaya, Waguta told the court that he used to work with her and she would give him some part-time jobs.
“I have worked with Rushwaya and she used to give me part-time jobs.
“I used to travel around with her during the time she was working as ZIFA CEO,” he said.
Prosecutor Zinyandu also asked Waguta to tell the court his role in the scheme to fix the Zimbabwe-Swaziland matches and he said his role was to deliver money to the players.
He told the court that he was to be paid R100 000 for delivering the money to Mbabane for fixing the game.
“I was tasked to hand-over the money to players.
“The team was supposed to lose by a two-goal margin.
“Accused 1 (Rushwaya) was the facilitator.
“There were other games that I was assigned to handle which were not related to the Zim-Swaziland games.
“They (Rushwaya, Kasinauyo and Dube) were going to get US$40 000 but they had initially negotiated for US$60 000.
“I was going to get R100 000.
“I did not perform it because allegations came out before the matches.
“The matter came out through Coach Kalisto Pasuwa.
“I know Pasuwa from long time ago since he was friend to my father.
“I once stayed with Pasuwa at his house during the time I was attending school.
“I took Pasuwa as a brother and I used to confide in him on many issues.
“I was surprised to note that it had come out.
“It (match fixing) had come to be source of livelihood,” he said.
In admitting being involved in match-fixing activities Waguta said:
“My next assignment was to approach Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb and defensive midfielder Lanthene Phalane.
“I wanted them to influence the match between Bloemfontein and Free State.
“I was also assigned to approach Chippa United defender Mbuyiselo Samba with US$8 000.
“We wanted him to throw away a game played between Chippa United and Free State.
“Samba accepted the offer but no money was given to him as Chippa United lost the game one nil.
“On the next assigned duty, I was instructed by Henrietta Rushwaya to deliver US$15 000 to Polokwane City goalkeeper George Chigova and US$10 000 to defender Lebohang Motumi to facilitate a loss of Polokwane in a game played between Bidvest Wits.
“I approached Chigova with the money but he threatened to beat me up and he also informed Tendai Tanyanyiwa who also threatened to call police.
“I was lucky since I managed to escape,” he said.