Friday, September 21, 2012

Bosso board summons Nkomo

ODIEL Nkomo is expected to appear before the Highlanders disciplinary committee tomorrow over allegations that he took $6 680 owed to his company by the club without authority from the executive.

His actions were in direct conflict with an executive resolution passed at the beginning of the year that all payments should be agreed upon by the executive. This was meant to ensure all creditors receive fair treatment.

Jimmy Ncube, the board's spokesman confirmed that Nkomo would appear before the disciplinary committee in an interview yesterday.

Justice Nicholas Mathonsi, a member of the Highlanders board, will chair the committee which falls under the human resources portfolio and has Cosmas Sikhosana, retired colonel Thomas Ngwenya and Andrew Tapela. Respected labour expert Ndumiso Sibanda who is a member of the club's finance and turn around committee, has been seconded to the disciplinary committee by the board.

The Bosso board met on Wednesday last week after the goalless draw against Chicken Inn and agreed that the disciplinary committee should summon Nkomo to a hearing. According to sources, the meeting was emotionally charged.

"It is true that the disciplinary committee will meet soon to deliberate on the issue you are asking about (the $6 680 which Nkomo allegedly paid himself) but the best person to talk to is their chairman Mathonsi. He will assist you with the dates," said Ncube.

The much-awaited Battle of Zimbabwe Part One had 25 957 people paying to watch the epic battle which ended in a 1-1 draw.

That was the biggest crowd that the league recorded in the first half of the season.

Bosso grossed $104 445 but service providers gobbled most of the funds leaving cash- strapped club with only $40 500. The Bulawayo City Council took their share of $20 885 with security that is the police and private security gobbling $9 800 while the PSL got $9 200 including Zifa's $1 044. The Sport and Recreation Commission received its six percent which amounted to $6 200.

Ncube said the hearing would bring to finality to what appears to be a simple case but has taken the board more than two months to resolve.

A source close to proceedings said Tapela was unlikely to sit in the hearing involving his peer as the constitution  stipulates that only board members can preside over issues involving executive members.

"According to the Highlanders constitution, it is only the board of directors who have the power to discipline and suspend executive members," said a source last night. The source said the process was not a witch-hunt as some people want to believe but is meant to ensure that club funds are not abused.

After the hearing whatever decision is arrived at will be subject to ratification by members at either an extra-ordinary general meeting or annual general meeting.

Indications last night were that the club auditors had engaged on another probe.

The auditors suspect that they could be discrepancies in figures at the club and those at the league.
By sbue
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