Match-fixing law on cards

The Zimbabwe Football Association seems to have made headway in its bid to have match-fixing specifically criminalised by law. ZIFA said this week that it had finally got assurance from Andrew Langa, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, that the new law would be crafted soon.

Andrew Langa
Andrew Langa

“We had a two hour meeting with Langa last week over challenges facing ZIFA and the major outcome was a resolution to have a law on match-fixing,” said ZIFA President, Cuthbert Dube, at the weekend.

“We were given the green-light to engage a legal advisor to help us craft the law. This will be our legacy as it will become the first time for the nation to have such a law, which we hope will go a long way to clean up football in Zimbabwe,” he said.

The absence of a criminal law on match-fixing saw former ZIFA Chief Executive Officer, Henrietta Rushwaya, and other fellow top ZIFA officials escape prosecution for their alleged involvement in the fame “Asiagate” scam, after they were accused of having presided over the Zimbabwe senior national team’s throwing away of matches for bribes during a tour of Asia.

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