The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) board chairman Gerald Mlotshwa has said some of the funds that were raised towards the Warriors’ 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) participation are still being held in a bank account.
Mlotshwa speaks after legislator and former Zifa vice-president Omega Sibanda claimed that the bulk of the “US$1.5 million” donated by President Emerson Mnangagwa was abused by some ministers.
Mlothswa has challenged Sibanda to provide evidence that US$1.5 million was raised for the team ahead of the tournament. He said:
I find it incredible that Sibanda could have authored the quoted letter making these allegations. I think Sibanda should firstly, confirm that he authored the letter and secondly, provide evidence to substantiate the allegation that over US$1.5 million was raised for the Warriors’ Afcon 2019 campaign.
For the record and for the avoidance of doubt, US$206 500 and $2 671 678 was raised by the Afcon 2019 Fundraising Committee. The balance of those funds remains unutilised and under the control of the SRC parent ministry.
Yet, players who were at Afcon 2019 at some point threatened to boycott matches including the opener against Egypt over delays in payment of bonuses and allowances. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) intervened and advanced Zifa some money.
In his letter to Coventry, Sibanda pointed out that Zifa only got US$53 000 from the government and they accounted for it.
ZIFA wrote a letter addressed to the then SRC director-general Prince Mupazviriho, dated August 23, 2019, explaining how they had used the US$53 000 from the government.
A source told Newsday Zimbabwe that the Fundraising Committee led by then acting Sports minister Kazembe Kazembe had nothing to do with the money insisting the US$1.5 million raised was paid to the players, with the balance having been surrendered to the SRC and the Sports ministry.
Only about US$200 000 was used.
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