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Phillip Chiyangwa: A Bitter Man After Losing ZIFA Election

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By Shorai Murwira

Harare magistrate Bianca Makwande Monday heard that the case of Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) boss before the court is a result of bitterness from Philip Chiyangwa who lost the election to be the association’s president.

Robert Matoka, told the court that Chiyangwa is the one who is behind the arrest of Kamambo and he, Matoka as a witness did not get the chance to write the statements on his own.

“Chiyangwa had something to do with statements, he took the opportunity of what was happening between me and the accused and he caused the first statement to be recorded in his office. On the second one the police called me and at the time I arrived and the statement was already recorded and they threatened to arrest me.” Said Matoka.

“The two statements before the court, one of them was written in Chiyangwa’s office and the other one he already found it written when he was called at the police station and he was threatened with arrest to sign it.

“As an accomplice witness, I know I am supposed to be recorded sign a warned and cautioned statement but that was never done because when the statements were recorded, I was under duress,” Matoka told the court.

Prosecutor, Michael Reza however applied to the court that the witness, Matoka be declared hostile saying he was departing from the statements before the court.

Matoka also told the court that he was helping Kamambo to mobilize people so that he will talk to them as to what he will offer when he is voted for.

He also said as the campaigning team he was not supposed to give anything to the voters but they had to mobilize people and send them transport money to attend meetings in order to have face to face interactions with them.

 

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