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Court frees, bars Felton Kamambo from visiting ZIFA offices

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Suspended ZIFA president Felton Kamambo and two of his co-accused executives were granted $100 000 bail this Monday afternoon and further barred from visiting the football governing body’s offices for any purpose.

Kamambo was arrested Saturday with two executive members Phillemon Machana and Stanley Chapeta charged with fraud.

They appeared before Harare regional magistrate Stanford Mambanje where they were granted bail with conditions to report to police once a week and also to surrender their passports with the clerk of court.

They were also ordered not to visit ZIFA House along David Livingstone in Harare and not to purport as ZIFA officials through proxies or in any other ways until the matter is finalized.

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The other three executives who were arrested and jointly charged with the trio were released on free bail.

They are Joseph Mamutse and Brighton Malandule.

They were all remanded to March 31 this year.

Kamambo and Machana were arrested Saturday by Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers for fraud and contempt of the Sports and Recreation Commission Act, which was applied in their suspension on 16 November 2021.

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The SRC suspended the Kamambo-led ZIFA last November on several allegations, chief among them the board’s failure to account for public funds.

Kamambo, however, continued to issue statements in the capacity of ZIFA president and used the official ZIFA letterhead in all his correspondence.

It is further alleged that Kamambo fraudulently used public funds as well as changed ZIFA accounts while under suspension.

The suspended ZIFA board even went on to suspend members of the ZIFA secretariat and Premier Soccer League governors, moves which resulted in the SRC involving the police leading to their arrest.

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