By Fungai Jachi
FOUR Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) officials who were facing charges of defeating the course of justice have been acquitted.
ZIFA President, Felton Kamambo, his deputy Philimon Machana and board members Farai Jere and Brayton Malandule have been freed by Harare Magistrate Stanford Mambanje.
The quartet was accused of allegedly transferring more than US$160 000 held in the association’s bank account after it had been garnished.
In his ruling, magistrate Mambanje noted that the State had failed to prove a prima facie case against the accused as the charge they were facing was not clearly defined, hence the accused could not be put to their defence.
The quartet was freed after making an application of discharge at the close of the State’s case.
Meanwhile, a 53-year-old Harare man, Handson Chinhamhora, has been convicted of nine counts of aggravated indecent assault after he sexually abused nine children under the age of 11.
He was convicted at his own plea of guilt and is expected to be sentenced this Wednesday.