Controversy as Rushwaya stays in hotel for 10 months

Sukoluhle Mthethwa



NATIONAL team fundraising co-ordinator, Henerietta Rushwaya has been staying in the up-market Monomotapa Crowne Plaza for the past 10 months under unc

lear circumstances as both the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC ) and Zifa have professed ignorance about who is footing her bill.


Both the SRC and Zifa say Rushwaya was appointed by Vice- President Joseph Msika who is the patron of the senior national soccer team as fundraising co-ordinator.


SCR chief executive officer Charles Nhemachena said that Rushwaya was not part of the commission and they were not responsible for her bills at the hotel.


“She is not part of the SRC,” said Nhemachena. “We know she was appointed by Vice-President Joseph Msika but we are not responsible for her.”


Management at one of Harare’s top shelf hotels confirmed this week that Rushwaya had been their guest for some time now.


From a primary school teacher at Dikwindi Primary school in Mucheke high-density suburb to a physical education lecturer at Bondolfi College, Rushwaya rose to prominence during preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations.


Sport in Zimbabwe has over the past few years been riddled with maladministration. It has often attracted bad publicity, resulting in corporate sponsors shunning bankrolling tournaments.


But the latest revelations indicate a profligacy that the cash-strapped sport can ill-afford.


Rushwaya is still booked in the hotel but hotel staff could not disclose the status of her account.


Sources say that at one time in September, the hotel wanted to evict her for mounting unpaid bills.


“She is booked in our hotel,” said a front office manager at the hotel on Tuesday this week,


“But we are not allowed to disclose such confidential information.”


A single room at the Crowne Plaza costs $55 000 a night; the standard room costs $74 550 while a suite goes for $110 000 a night.


Lunch costs $17 000 while breakfast goes for $15 000.


It could not be established what type of room Rushwaya occupies but the least her accommodation costs during the nine months stay could run close to $14,8 million for the cheapest accommodation alone.


“Rushwaya was appointed by the Vice-President Joseph Msika,” said Nhemachena. “Maybe you can contact Zifa on that issue.”


Contacted for comment, Zifa chairman Wellington Nyatanga said Msika had appointed Rushwaya as the Zifa fundraising co-ordinator.


“The Vice-President Joseph Msika is the Zifa patron,” said Nyatanga. “He is the one who appointed her to that post.”


A week ago, the Young Warriors U-17 team was thumped by South Africa 5-1 after travelling by road on a 20-hour journey to Randburg because Zifa could not afford to pay for air travel.

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