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Ex-Zifa boss Rushwaya granted bail

06 Feb, 2012 - 22:02 0 Views
Ex-Zifa boss Rushwaya granted bail

The Herald

The prosecution failed to name 104 State witnesses expected to testify, rendering conditions barring her from interfering with witnesses irrelevant.
Said defence counsel Mr Dumisani Mtho-mbeni: “My client is in a predicament. She does not know who the witnesses are because the national team or Monomotapa Football Club are not people’s names.

“The State should supply names so that she will not fall risk to any further arrest after breaching bail conditions.”
Magistrate Ms Anita Tshuma ordered Rushwaya not to interfere with investigations.
Mr Mthombeni notified the court of his client’s intention to challenge placement on remand on February 20.

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Prosecutor Mr Tapiwa Kasema alleges that Rushwaya, as an agent of Zifa, connived with former programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana and Asian betting syndicate leader Raja Perumal and unlawfully authorised the national soccer team and Monomotapa FC to attend international sporting tours.
They allegedly arranged that the full nature of transactions would not be disclosed to the Zifa Board and the Sports and Recreation Commission.

It is alleged Perumal funded the trips to Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Oman, Jordan, Bulgaria, China, Thailand and Yemen.
Rushwaya – between 2007 and 2009 – allegedly engaged match officials, players, technical staff and media personal in respect of all the 15 international games played and received US$1 million to throw away

matches.
According to the State, witnesses will state that they received clear instructions to concede goals at given intervals.

On the two counts of fraud, Rushwaya in July 2009, allegedly arranged matches between the senior national football team, the Warriors and the Malaysian national team, which were not approved by Zifa.
All expenses for the trip were allegedly paid in Malaysia.

It is alleged Rushwaya, with the intention to defraud Zifa and the SRC, sent Monomotapa FC to Malaysia misrepresenting that it was the national side.
The fake Warriors team played two matches in Malaysia.

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