Kamambo, Machana to get trial date

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ZIFA president Felton Kamambo and his deputy Philemon Machana will know their trial date next month after the State finalised investigations into their charge of “annoying” Cosafa president Philip Chiyangwa.

The duo is accused of contravening the Telecommunications Act after sending a series of text messages to Chiyangwa and appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa for their routine remand hearing yesterday.

“The accused persons will be furnished with their trial date on their next remand as much progress has been made on this case,” prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti addressed the court.

The matter was remanded to March 2 when the duo will be furnished with the date of their trial commencement.

Allegations against Kamambo are that on November 19 last year, he posted “false and annoying” messages to Chiyangwa which read: “Hie President. You are urged to stop your funny and negative interferences with football meanwhile urgently start accounting for all Zifa money you stole.”

It was further alleged that the previous day Machana had also sent Chiyangwa offensive texts.

“They usually say if you live in a glass house avoid throwing stones even to those who live under brick and mortar. It is sad that for a long time since just before the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) you engaged in an unprovoked warfare against my person and that of Zifa president F.Kamambo this despite him having won against all odds in contestation with you,” Machana wrote.

“I equally won the same elections despite your spirited efforts to de-campaign me as well as your then deputy O (Oemga) Sibanda who had served you diligently. My only crime it would appear is why did I win where you lost and was the only one retained. You probably expected me to be your henchman to cause Kamambo’s regin all sorts of problems. You wanted me to assist your implanted “boy” to sabotage football so as to make Kamambo look bad…”

Machana further claimed in the messages that Chiyangwa had influenced a senior official at Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission to trump-up a series of criminal charges against Kamambo.

He said Chiyangwa had interfered with the Warriors at Afcon in a bid to discredit the Zifa board.

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