By Sikhumbuzo Moyo
Highlanders chairman Peter Dube on Sunday told the club’s annual general meeting that former Bosso chairman Ernest “Maphepha” Sibanda could still be prosecuted for alleged embezzlement of club funds.
Sibanda is alleged to have misappropriated $25,000 of club funds following the sale of striker Obidiah Tarumbwa to Cyprus side Cercle Brugge in 2008.
For the alleged offence, Maphepha was suspended for two years from all club activities, but was later pardoned by the board of directors. However, when Sibanda sought to contest the club’s chairmanship last year, the electoral committee disqualified him on the basis that he was not in good standing due to the Tarumbwa issue.
Responding to questions from members following his chairman’s report, Dube took everyone by surprise when he claimed that some unnamed people were posting negative things on social media in a bid to drum up support for Sibanda.
“Sibanda didn’t eventually stand as some of you wanted and as a matter of fact, his case is still prosecutable even up to now,” said Dube.
This was soon after Dube had been involved in a heated exchange with retired wrestler Allan “The Ripper” Mpofu and another member Josphat Ngulube.
There was no major resolution that members agreed on except the historic constitutional reforms that will see the club being turned into a commercial entity.
Members spent more than seven hours talking about personalities, while others were happy to display their strong command of the isiNdebele language. The Chronicle