THE trial of former Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Felton Kamambo didn’t proceed on Wednesday on the Harare Magistrates Court because the Justice of the Peace presiding over the case was not accessible.
Kamambo is being charged with bribery after he allegedly bribed Zifa councillors to vote for him throughout the 2018 Zifa elections.
Harare regional Justice of the Peace Mrs Bianca Makwande wished Kamambo to elucidate the character and objective of the quantities that he allegedly paid to the councillors in direction of the election date.
Kamambo’s defence case opened a fortnight in the past when he sketched his soccer administration background.
“I have been in sports administration for 32 years and I have been chairman of seven clubs. I was also a central region committee member for over 10 years,” he stated.
“I was later made the head of the central region for five years, then I went to the ZIFA Head Office for two years when I was elected ZIFA president”.
Asked to touch upon the character of his relationship with the complainant, Phillip Chiyangwa, Kamambo stated when he campaigned to change into the president, he had been a ZIFA councillor in 2015 and every time he wished to fulfill councillors, Chiyangwa would come by him.
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“I noted that he didn’t know much about football but at that time, ZIFA didn’t have money and was sinking in debt and he told us that he wanted to help us raise money and we agreed to vote for him. At that time, we had a good relationship,” he stated.
“That time I used to be campaigning to change into a committee member so we campaigned collectively and everybody wished to vote for him as a result of all of us wished to clear the money owed.
“He reimbursed us money for costs incurred to attend his meetings.”
Meanwhile, the matter through which Dynamos FC chairman Bernard Marriot Lusengo is accused of fraudulently buying whole possession of the membership was postponed to July 6 pending a High Court dedication on his enchantment in opposition to the courtroom’s determination to recuse his lawyer of selection.
Marriot appeared earlier than Justice of the Peace Mrs Barbra Mateko.