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ZIFA withdraw case

By Nyore Madzianike / Published on Monday, 10 Oct 2016 16:00 PM / No Comments / 482 views

10 October 2016

Miriam Sibanda
Miriam Sibanda

ZIMBABWE Football Association chief executive officer, Joseph Mamutse, last Friday withdrew charges against three former national women soccer administrators, who were being accused of misappropriating Mighty Warriors’ US$20 000.

Mamutse, acting on behalf of ZIFA, withdrew charges against Miriam Sibanda, Benny Mamoche and Edwin Magosvongwe who were charged with fraud.

“I am the acting chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Football Association, the complainant in this matter.

“I am duly authorised to deposit the affidavit by virtue of a (Zifa) Board resolution annexed hereto and the facts I depose to herein, are to the best of my knowledge true and correct.

“The complainant hereby withdraws after plea charges leveled against the accused persons.

“The withdrawal is done under no duress and without any undue influence being exerted on the complainant,” reads Mamutse’s affidavit.

The matter was withdrawn before Harare magistrate Vongai Guwuriro.

Allegations facing Sibanda, Mamoche and Magosvongwe are that they approached Freda Rebecca Mine in Bindura through the Ministry of Mine and Mining Development offices in Harare.

They then requested for a donation in cash since they were responsible for sourcing funds for the Mighty Warriors.

Reports are that they indicated that they wanted money for air tickets for the Mighty Warriors to travel to Ghana.

It is said that they were invited to the Ministry of Mine and Mining Development in Harare on March 18 last year.

The court heard that Sibanda and her board members received US$20 000 cash from Freda Rebecca Mine.

Mamoche allegedly accepted the money and signed an acknowledgement receipt.

Allegations were that Sibanda, Mamoche and Magosvongwe failed to hand over the money to the ZIFA Finance Manager and converted it to their own use.