Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) President Philip Chiyangwa is reportedly facing corruption allegations after former ZIFA accountant Fabian Venganayi wrote to Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZAAC).
According to The Standard, Venganayi exposed Chiyangwa’s involvement in acts of “corruption, fraud, misappropriation, abuse of power, misconduct and lack of good corporate governance” in a letter of complaint dated November 21.
He made stunning allegations that Chiyangwa bribed former Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane after “corruptly giving (him) land in Harare South and household furniture to influence events at ZIFA.”
Other accusations made against the ZIFA President include:
– Winning the December 5 2015 ZIFA elections through corruption and coercion by using former first lady Grace Mugabe’s name, bribing and accommodating ZIFA councillors at luxurious hotels.
– Misconduct and abuse of power by transferring ZIFA funds from ZIFA bank accounts to bank accounts of close associates.
–Misconduct and abuse of power by failure to release to the public the 2015 and 2016 audited financial accounts.
–Fraudulently changed members of the board of trustees for the ZIFA (Pvt) Ltd, a ZIFA Subsidiary”. One of the individuals, who was recently made a member of ZIFA (Pvt) Ltd’s board of trustees, is one Marshal Jonga who is an employee of Pinnacle Properties, a company owned by Chiyangwa.
Zifa (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary company was formed in 1982 to protect the fixed assets of the local football governing body.
In addition, Venganayi also alleged that Chiyangwa was engaging in “corrupt and abuse of power by collecting monthly rentals approximating to $10 000 from ZIFA for the use of Pinnacle offices at 160 Enterprise Road yet ZIFA owns offices at ZIFA House, 53 Livingstone Avenue in Harare.”