HARARE: A member of Zinbabwe’s intelligence service has been arrested and charged with extorting $10 000 from Zimbabwe Football Association chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze after threatening to kill him his involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing investigations.
Richard Mubaiwa, 31, is alleged to have claimed he had Mashingaidze’s file containing information about the Asiagate scandal and the role he was playing in targeting innocent people. It is also alleged Mubaiwa told Mashingaidze the file had pictures of world football governing body FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube.
Mubaiwa was charged alongside John Chari (32), a farmer at Shumba Farm in Banket. Four other unidentified men are still being sought. Mubaiwa and Chari have been remanded in custody.