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LAWYERS representing Henrietta Rushwaya have demanded that ZIFA lift her life ban from football activities, within 48 hours, or face the possibility of being dragged to court for the determination of this case.

The lawyers are also demanding the nullification of her suspension, and subsequent dismissal, from the football controlling body and have given the association seven days to pay US$158 000 in salary arrears dating back four years.

Rushwaya was fired by ZIFA in 2010 after the association ruled that their former chief executive was the chief culprit in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.

She was arrested and dragged before a criminal court where she was cleared of the charges.

Yesterday, Rushwaya’s lawyers, Chinyama and Partners, wrote to ZIFA demanding the lifting of her suspension and payment of salary.

“Our client was employed by ZIFA in terms of a written contract of employment for a period of four years at an initial salary of US$3 000 which she genuinely expected to rise to US$4 000 after a period of six months and to be constantly reviewed after each and every twelve months,” the lawyers said in their letter which was copied to FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke.

“During the tenure of her employment as chief executive officer of ZIFA, she never received any salary at all from your organisation, despite the written contract of employment, and your organisation owes our client arrear salaries at the rate of US$4 000 per month for a period of more than forty eight months which, when calculated, translate to US$144 000.

“This amount is still outstanding to the present day and is now due and payable from you within the next seven days together with interest at the current commercial bank lending rates calculated from date of this demand to date of payment in full.

“This letter puts you in mora in relation to that amount and we are instructed, as we hereby do, payment of the whole amount of US$144 000, together with interest, as indicated above calculated from the date of demand to date of payment in full as well as 10% collection commission on that amount to be paid through our Standard Chartered Trust Account Bank details given below, failing which we shall proceed to issue summons or refer this matter to the Labour Court for a determination, costs of which shall be born by ZIFA at attorneyclient scale.

“The sum of US$158 400, together with interest aforesaid, should reach us within seven days from the date of this letter.”

Rushwaya’s laywers said they also wanted ZIFA to review their decision to expel Rushwaya on the basis that she was involved in match-fixing during her time as chief executive of the association and have given the association 48 hours to lift the life ban imposed on their client.

“On a totally different but related note, our client went through the rigours of criminal prosecution at your instance only to be found not guilty and acquitted by a competent court,” the lawyers said in their letter.

“Despite the acquittal, you had unlawfully terminated our client’s contract of employment resulting in her suffering damages as a consequence of your unlawful act.

“You also proceeded under the so-called Ibrahim (Ebraham) Commission to implement some surprising findings of that Commission which saw our client being banned for life and prohibited from participating in any soccer-related activities.

“We call upon you to cause such a ban to be uplifted within the next 48 hours, failing which we shall be left with no option but to seek redress from a competent court of law in light of the fact that the decision to ban our client is grossly unreasonable to the extent that FIFA, the world soccer mother body, has refused to implement it.

Source : The Herald