Court Orders ZIFA To Pay Lazarus Mhurushomana US$500 000

Former Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) administration director Lazarus Mhurushomana has won a long-standing legal battle with ZIFA over thousands of US dollars owed to him in salary arrears.

Since his retrenchment in 2004, Mhurushomana has been demanding salary arrears owed to him by ZIFA, which have accumulated interest.

The salary amounts to US$235 029,34 and US$22,320 in allowances for telephone and fuel for the period covering 2004 to 2009.

He also added US$18 000 as his annual salary from July 2010 and December 2017 at a rate of US$1 500 per month.

ZIFA was ordered to pay Mhurushomana his salary and benefits from March 2004 until an agreement was reached on the retrenchment package.

The dispute spilt into the courts after previous ZIFA administrations failed to honour the debt.

Mhurushomana was awarded US$518 331 with interest, which had not been worked out in the warrant of seizure which was issued on 2 September. The writ of execution reads in part:

You are required and directed to attach and take into execution the movable goods of Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) the above-mentioned defendant of ZIFA House, Number 53 Livingston Avenue Harare and of the same cause to be realised the sum of US$518 331,18 which plaintiff recovered by order of this court dated September 13, 2013, in the above-mentioned suit, and also other costs charges of the plaintiff in the said suit hereinafter duly taxed according to law, besides all your costs hereby incurred.

Meanwhile, the Gift Banda-led ZIFA executive was ordered by CAF to stop using any funds received from the continental body and FIFA as ZIFA is still under sanctions.

It is feared that Mhurushomana could target other assets that include the ZIFA House, the ZIFA Village, and three buses owned by ZIFA. | NewsDay

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