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Former confidant turns on Zimbabwe cricket chief

Former confidant turns on Zimbabwe cricket chief

Zimbabwe Cricket chief Peter Chingoka has again been accused of corruption involving millions of dollars.
Themba Mliswa _ a sports consultant and provincial cricket chairman _ joined with a group of Zimbabweans including former administrators calling themselves "Black Pioneers stakeholders" to make the accusations at a news conference.
They accused Chingoka, who is in India to watch Zimbabwe in the qualifying rounds of the ICC Champions Trophy, was alleged to have presided over the disappearance of US$7.3 million (euro5.7 million) of income from television rights.
The group said the money's disappearance also involved ZC chief executive Osias Bvute, who was arrested with Chingoka a year ago before being released.
"These individuals are holding Zimbabwe cricket to ransom. They are killing the game for what are evidently selfish ends," Mliswa said. "They are directly responsible for the rampant corruption, mismanagement and outright criminal activity that has become the order of the day."
Mliswa, who until recently was a confidant of Chingoka, is demanding that the ZC chairman and Bvute submit to a full-scale audit by a reputable accounting firm.
Mliswa identified the deduction of US$1.4 million (euro1.1 million) in commission from the sale of TV rights to sports broadcaster Octagon and the purchase of an outside broadcast unit for US$1.9 million (euro1.5 million) _ a vehicle yet to be seen in Zimbabwe.
Mliswa said the group was acting independently of other groups which have previously attempted to topple Chingoka and Bvute. Those groups consisted primarily of whites and Asians and were accused of having a racist agenda.
Zimbabwe's sports minister Aenios Chigwedere and the government's sports commission have been informed of the allegations, prepared over the last two weeks in a series of secret meetings.
President Robert Mugabe _ the patron of Zimbabwe Cricket _ will receive a copy.


Updated : 2021-03-02 09:55 GMT+08:00