ZIFA bribery case: Kamambo blames Chiyangwa for court challenge

Troubled former ZIFA president Felton Kamambo took the stand in court to refute bribe accusations, claiming that his predecessor, Philip Chiyangwa, orchestrated his arrest to hinder his candidacy.

HARARE – The fate of former Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Felton Kamambo, accused of bribery in connection with the football body’s 2018 elections, will be decided on March 4 when Harare magistrate Bianca Makwande delivers her judgment.

Kamambo faces allegations of offering kickbacks to ZIFA councillors in exchange for votes during the 2018 elections.

As his trial continued on Thursday, Kamambo took the stand in court to refute bribe accusations, claiming that his predecessor, Philip Chiyangwa, orchestrated his arrest to hinder his candidacy.

According to Kamambo, Chiyangwa’s motive was to undermine his chances in the elections, as the former ZIFA president no longer enjoyed widespread support within the organization.

The troubled former ZIFA boss vehemently denied engaging in vote-buying, asserting that he was unaware of the identities of those who voted for him.

“There was no way I could have bribed the delegates for votes,” he stated during his testimony.

“I believe Chiyangwa’s intentions were for me to spend a night in prison whilst the elections commenced.”

ZANU PF apologist and Affirmative Action Group (AAG) founder Philip Chiyangwa.
FILE PHOTO: Businessman and Affirmative Action Group (AAG) founder Philip Chiyangwa.

Prosecutors, representing the National Prosecuting Authority, argue that Kamambo unlawfully disbursed payments to ZIFA delegates in an attempt to sway their votes.

They allege that the former ZIFA boss, with the assistance of Robert Matonga, identified voters and provided them with various sums of money.

Michael Reza, representing the prosecution, emphasized the absence of legal justification for ZIFA’s pre-election disbursements of funds, indicating a violation of electoral regulations.

The trial has drawn significant attention as it sheds light on the integrity of the electoral process within Zimbabwean football governance.

The forthcoming verdict on March 4 will provide clarity on the legal ramifications of the allegations leveled against Kamambo and their implications for the sport’s administration in the country.

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