The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa Executive committee ) recent announcements of the withdrawal of criminal charges filed against Miriam Sibanda, Benny Mamoche and Edwin Magosvongwe in 2015 was at the behest of the government.
By Tongai Mwenje
In a letter posted on the association’s website last week, ZIFA President Phillip Chiyangwa said the association will no longer pursue the matter following meticulous investigations, deliberations and extensive consultation.
Sportbrief later on followed up on the story, in a bid to establish the reason that could have triggered this sudden uturn by the football motherboard bosses.
A source privy to the development said it was through government’s invention which forced the Chiyangwa led board to soften their hearts.
” To be honest with you Mr reporter, had it not been for the government’s invention through the Ministry of Sports and Recreation the charges wouldn’t have been dropped i tell you,” the source.
Prior to the latest development, Miriam and company were accused of squandering US$20 000 which was meant for the Mighty Warriors trip to Ghana sometime in 2015. The money was a donation by Freda Rebecca Mine.
The trio, through their lawyer Blessing Mabusiso Bhala on several occasion denied the theft of trust property charges levelled against them saying financial records satisfactorily account for the expenditure of the money in question.
According to the source, the allegations of the theft were concocted by the ZIFA executive merely to smear the then accused persons and disqualify them from their positions in the Board of Zimbabwe Women Football (ZWF).
” The Minister of Sports and Recreation (Makhosini Hlongwane) and the Sports Recreation Commission played a major role in restoring sanity between the parties,” the source spoke on condition of anonymity.
It remains to be seen whether the trio who were on suspension would be reinstated to their positions after the withdrawal of the charges.