ZIFA are not taking chances in their bid to establish the true state of football in the country and have revealed that their forensic audit will not only be centred on the association’s headquarters, but will spread to all their affiliates.
They have engaged OM chartered accountants to carry out a forensic audit as they seek to establish the extent to which they were allegedly prejudiced of funds during the tenure of former chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze.
Although earlier indications were that the audit would be focussed on the goings-on at the secretariat, which Mashingaidze headed, ZIFA acting president Omega Sibanda said yesterday the forensic would be spread to their affiliates such as the Premier Soccer League, the Women’s League, the regions and the provinces.
Sibanda insisted that their decision to spread the forensic to their affiliate bodies was “not a witch hunt, but an exercise we ought to have actually taken before”.
“We need ZIFA to start on a new and clean slate and we want the forensic to touch our affiliates like PSL, women etc.
“We are not witch-hunting, but we just want to be clear and clean from the Area zones right up to head office,” Sibanda said.
Sibanda said there was nothing amiss in ZIFA auditing their affiliate bodies as FIFA also did the same with their member associations.
“FIFA came here and looked at our books because we are affiliated to them and we expect all ZIFA affiliates to do the same. That is also how improve on corporate governance at all levels of our affiliates and members.
“How do we know that all our affiliates are still going when we don’t know what their state is and they have not been audited?” Sibanda said.
Despite having decided against renewing his contract in 2016, ZIFA have instituted criminal investigations on Mashingaidze through the Zimbabwe Republic Police.