Massive looting at Zim cricket exposed

via Massive looting at Zim cricket exposed – NewZimbabwe 31/10/2015

A DOSSIER leaked to has exposed what could be massive looting by top managers at Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) who blew millions in often hazy expenditure over just five months.

It has also emerged ZC’s daily running costs are being dwarfed by hefty perks drawn monthly by the troubled association’s top-heavies.

According to the document, ZC secured a $10 million facility from a regional institution in December 2014, but by May this year, only $97 was remaining.

The statement lists cash outflow from the loan as January Salaries and Domestic league – Feb ($422,000), November Salaries-Admin and Exec and statutory ($393,000), December salaries ($350,000), as well as a $300,000 payment to NMB Bank among other payments.

A December 2014 salary schedule also shows that ZC CEO Wilfred Mukondiwa pockets a cool $15,700 monthly salary and is highest earner in the organisation, staff and players included.

Mukondiwa’s deputy, Esther Lupepe, is second on the top-earners’ list with $10,000, followed by Cricket Affairs general manager Trevor Mutangadura and Corporate Affairs GM Nesta Vaki (both on $5,250).

Remarkably, long-serving media manager Lovemore Banda, who often has the unenviable task of cleaning up the association’s battered image, earns even less than fellow middle management staffers who are his juniors.

The former ZBC sports-caster gets paid $2,500 a month while Cricket Operations Manager Chris Chiketa, Human Resources Manager, Tafadzwa Rafemoyo and Commercial Officer, Edward Rainsford are all on $3,000.

The lopsided payroll also shows that as Franchise Administrator of Manicaland Mountaineers, Givemore Makoni, on a $4,000 per-month salary, was paid twice as much as his counterparts at the other franchises.

Terry Nyakurimwa, Administrator of Mashonaland Eagles, the country’s biggest and busiest franchise, earns $2,000. Kenyon Ziehl of Midlands Rhinos gets the same amount while Matabeleland Tuskers’ Stanley Staddon is on $2,500.

In addition to his fulltime job in Manicaland, Makoni is also listed on the payroll under “Consultants” for his other role as Zimbabwe’s convener of selectors, which earned him an extra $1,000 every month.

Makoni has since left both roles and assigned by ZC to a new post.

Board members Lincoln Bhila and Elisha Kandi also receive $1,500 monthly salaries as “consultants”.

But while the other consultants’ titles and contribution to the organisation are stated on the payroll, Bhila and Kandi are simply listed as “consultants.”

One Nyarai Manyande, whose job is to run scorecards during matches, on $750 per month earns more as a part-timer than fulltime development coaches and professionals such as psychotherapists.

It has further emerged that while a group of 15 leading players with central contracts are paid competitively, at least by Zimbabwean standards, the majority of cricketers in the country and development coaches are underpaid and wallowing in poverty.

Development coaches, who are crucial in moulding upcoming cricketers, are also paid pittances and operate under poor working conditions without a sound support system.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source close to the goings on at ZC lambasted the cricket governors for poor management and greed.

“Worryingly, for an organisation which generates its revenue from the game being played and owes its existence to it, paltry figures went towards development and other cricket-related expenses,” said the source.

ZC spokesperson Lovemore Banda said he could not readily proffer comment on a document he had not yet seen.

“The challenge is that you are referring to a document that I have not seen,” he said.

“Even if I see the document, I may still need to run it past my guys whether this is Development or it is Finance or Human Resources.”

Banda however, confirmed he was grossing $2,500 as was shown in the document.

A number of players and coaches have since prematurely ended their careers in frustration.

This exposé comes at a time Zimbabwean cricket seems to be a downward spiral again.

The national team’s recent humiliating defeat at the hands of minnows Afghanistan has sparked outrage among fans on social media.

Zimbabwe lost both the ODI and Twenty20 series to the International Cricket Association (ICC) Associate side, handing the Asians historic first ever series wins over a full member of the ICC.

The resurfacing feeling of uncertainty within ZC and the game in general has been blamed by many for the team’s embarrassing defeat.

Cricket in Zimbabwe had appeared to be on an upswing on and off the field after Wilson Manase took over as chairman on interim basis from the retiring Peter Chingoka in July 2014.

But Manase soon fell out with a senior secretariat safeguarding its comfortable position after he started making unpopular decisions such as balancing books and streamlining the organisation as well as moves to cut salaries of the organisation’s elaborate executive.

And when he tried to seek his own term at board elections in August, Manase was defeated by Tavengwa Mukuhlani after what is believed to have been a cleverly engineered campaign.

The Harare lawyer and businessman did not even make it to the new board.


  • comment-avatar
    Collin Mackenzie 7 years ago

    Did I not tell you So and What is Alaster’s role is this.

    What about the Zimbabwe broadcasting cricket rights reserved are sold l to a guy in Bangladesh till 2026.

    These right have been locked down making it difficult to see our boys play or even get Zimbabwe cricket results or highlights.

    Zimbabwe cricket has sold there sole and guess by who?

    Players like Prosper has raised these issues and the rasict treatment and then they are sidled.

    Next is How and Who controls the tobacco price in Zimbabwe.

    The Output of tobacco is at the highest in 50 years since it was ever grown in the motherland and is grossing in more revenue even more than it was at a record high before the land reform.

    Facts and figures more black tobacco farmers growing than those who claimed to be the Zimbabwe saviours.

    Yes most of the whites are no longer on the farms but they still do dictate the price and also the quality just by looking at it and not even smoking it.

    One never see these whites at the tobacco yards but have proxy’s who right off the tobacco at the yards and then later buy it from the desperate black farmers.

    The own and control these tobacco sales so who is in control and who’s intrest are they serving

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    mandevu 7 years ago

    just more thieves

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    Mukanya 7 years ago

    Mukhulani and Co. can explain the looting frenzy at Zim.Cricket I guess!!- in the same way we swallowed the ZIFA balloon, while we wait for the mavericks to take over.

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    LOL – Tell me, what is NOT corrupt in Zim?