Controversial former Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) CEO, Henrietta Rushwaya has been arrested in connection with the adultery and bigamy case involving PHD Ministries leader, Walter Magaya.
Rushwaya is now a member of Magaya’s church but more information is yet to be revealed regarding her role in the saga.
Police spokesman Chief Suprintended Paul Nyathi said, “I can confirm that Henrietta Rushwaya has been picked and is assisting us with investigations in the Magaya, Matashu case. We will determine whether she will be detained or not but l can’t say now.”
Rushwaya is reportedly working in prophet Magaya’s office. Although it was not immediately clear what role Rushwaya would be doing, insiders said she was roped in to spruce up Magaya’s PHD image in the communication section of the church.
Rushwaya, a businesswoman in her own right, led a flamboyant life during her Zifa days where she hobnobbed with the who-is-who of the football world.
Rushwaya’s new life as a born-again Christian follows a chequered life where she has been in the courts on allegations of corruption and match-fixing scandals.
Late last year, she was acquitted by the Chitungwiza Provincial Magistrates’ Court where she was facing charges of match-fixing during the time she was still the Zifa supremo.
While the courts found her not guilty, in October 2010, Henrietta was sacked after being found guilty by the Zifa’s disciplinary body on charges of “conduct inconsistent with her duties, mismanagement and insubordination.”
Rushwaya was found guilty of sending the national team to play unauthorised matches in Asia in 2009. Her sacking followed her suspension in July 2010 on suspicion of fixing matches in a Malaysian tournament.
She was also found guilty of requesting a loan of $103 000 from Zimbabwe’s sports commission, an amount that was unaccounted for.
Rushwaya was also earlier involved in a bitter fight with Zifa over the ownership of the Warriors Trust properties which she claimed were donated to her.
Warriors Trust former patron, the late-vice President Joseph Msika, had appointed Rushwaya as the chief executive of the organisation.