The former Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services Supa Mandiwanzira and former Minister of Sport Makhosini Hlongwane are set to appear before the ICT Parliamentary Portfolio Committee over $1million Zifa loan, Which Zifa now says they never received.
Apparently, Potraz sponsored Zifa with $250 000 airticket upon the warriors’ 2016 AFCON match in 2016 after they had failed to raise its own funds. Just before the team departed for the finals, Potraz again advanced Zifa with $1 000 000, which has raised speculations on how the money was processed.
The Zifa Secretary general, Mr Mashingaidze made the situation worse by writing to the ICT portfolio claiming that the money never reached Zifa as he was not in light of how it was used as the secretary general, neither did it directly hit their bank account
“The issue came from one of the sports committees and Potraz was mentioned. We have an official letter from the former chief executive officer of Zifa (Jonathan Mashingaidze) confirming that they had received $225 000, but the $1 million did not reach Zifa,” Hwende said.
“We intend to summon them (Mandiwanzira and Hlongwane) here because, obviously, these are public funds that must be recovered and we would want to find out the circumstances that led to this decision.”
It is also alleged that Zifa never received the money and that the deal might have been struck between Hlongwane and Supa as the board of Potraz only regularised the issue but did not make the decision to advance the money to Zifa.
This is certainly not the first time that Supa Mandiwanzira has appeared before a delegation of law that he had to answer to. A fortnight ago, Supa was arrested on similar issues that are related to criminal abuse of office and was released on a bail that amounted to $2000.
These allegations have obviously popped up after Supa was not re-administered in to his former position as Minister of ICT.
By Concilia Muyendesi