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Kamba lays into DeMbare leaders

By Nigel Matongorere

Dynamos founding member Ernest Kamba says it is high time the Bernard Marriot-Lusengo-led board and executive stepped aside following the club’s failure to repay a debt with a local bank.

File picture of Dynamos players on the pitch
File picture of Dynamos players on the pitch

Property belonging to the club, Marriot-Lusengo, club president Kenni Mubaiwa and former executives Farai Munetsi, Ignatius Michael George, Harrison Mbewe and John Kanokanga was attached over a $250 000 debt owed to CBZ Bank Limited.

 The Glamour Boys borrowed the money in 2011 from the bank to finance their African Champions League qualifier trip to Algeria to face MC Algiers.

DeMbare failed to pay back the loan resulting in the bank approaching the High Court where they were granted a writ of execution by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku to attach the moveable property from the club and their executives to recover the money.

“Dynamos is reeling on a debt running into a quarter of a million dollars dating way back to 2011,” Kamba said.

“This is a staggering amount of money to be treated lightly considering that these are US dollars; that is absurd, ridiculous and absolute trifle.

“How can a club of such magnitude come to be portrayed in such a disturbing picture, when we carry a tag of a brand that embraces the benchmark of football in Zimbabwe?

“The Dynamos brand is so big and attractive to lure any corporate sponsor but sadly it continues to be eroded, given the above picture. In all honesty, within the system prevailing at the club at the moment, there is no respect, no authority and nobody has faith in anything whatsoever.”

Kamba, who recently launched a battle to gain control of the club, said he felt sad for the likes of Munetsi, George and Mbewe as they had their property attach by bailiffs even though they were booted out of office in 2011 shortly after facilitating the loan.

“I shudder to think of the trauma that the families of these persons have gone through after their movable properties were carried away for auctioning to service the Dynamos debt which has nothing to do with their lives. They must be bitter and have harsh words to tell the people in control at Dynamos,” he said.

“However, the above guys are unfortunately victims of circumstances. Why? They were served with letters of dismissal from their official positions in 2011 and immediately relinquished their duties and responsibilities at the club.

“Even the bank was notified in writing of the same, that they were no longer signatories to the bank account. How then, after a good five years the creditors would go ahead and serve writ of execution and again go on to seize personal properties of these mentioned persons, who had long parted ways with this organisation? This is just very unfair. We really feel for them and sympathise with their calamity.”

Kamba said unless the current board and executive are booted out, DeMbare might be liquidated due to the spiralling debt.

“We are no longer going to sit back and watch the unfolding Mickey-mouse drama at the club and hope that some Holy Spirit will come down and save the situation,” he said.

“No. There is the frightening possibility of a precedent being set here, where more debtors will descend on the club demanding what is theirs and we end up with the club going under the hammer. That should not happen because this is our legacy.”

He added: “Dynamos has no assets both movable and immovable. In other words, the club is bankrupt. No money in the bank either and we are not guessing this situation because the current club chairman Mubaiwa went public in the press and categorically stated that the club no longer banks its gate revenues.”

The ongoing chaos at the club is happening at a time when results have not been pleasant on the field.

DeMbare, who are the record Zimbabwe champions with 21 league titles, are currently in fourth place some 14 points behind log leaders CAPS United with only two games to go before the season ends.

The Harare giants will finish the season empty-handed, something which they are not accustomed to due to their dominance in the past. Daily News