Dynamos co-founder in the dock over US$1,2m fraud

HARARE – Dynamos co-founder Bernard Marriot Lusengo was dragged to court Friday charged with defrauding the popular football club of US$1,2 million.

Lusengo appeared before Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje who released him on free bail.

Dynamos is the complainant in the matter and is represented by club executive Leslie Gwindi.

According to court papers, sometime in 2005, there was a dispute between founding members and former players.

The row spilled into the courts in a civil matter that was presided over by Justice Luke Malaba.

Malaba, the court heard, ruled that each founding member or a former player was entitled to 1% share of the total shares of the club.

In 2008, elections were held and George Shaya (now late) was elected club chairman while Enerst Kamba was elected secretary.

A few days later, Shaya, acting in connivance with Richard Chiminya (also late) declared himself chairman, before passing the position to Chiminya.

Chiminya, court was further told, then co-opted Lusengo.

After the death of Chiminya in 2012, Marriot allegedly forged a meeting which purported to appoint him as the Chairman of the Club.

Using his bogus status, he went on to acquire “51% shares and gave 7% shares each to 7 other people who are not founder members or former players, disregarding the Supreme Court Judgment which also advised the club to revert to the 1963 Constitution of Dynamos Football Club.”

As a result, the club was prejudiced of US$1,2 million.

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