Mighty Mukuru Wanderers supporters’ chairperson Mervin Nkunika can now afford a smile after the club cleared him from all charges bordering on misappropriation of funds.
Nkunika was also accused of having a hand in the team’s poor performance.
Wanderers zone chairpersons brought up the charges in January after the team endured another season without silverware.
Nkunika has since resumed his duties.
A letter signed by Southern Region zone chairpersons states that Nkunika is now a free man after investigations that took nine months.
The letter says that the probe did not find any wrongdoing on the part of Nkunika as per allegations levelled against him.
Wanderers supporters Southern Region spokesperson Kenneth Kalonga confirmed the letter addressed to Nkunika and titled: ‘Sub-committee chairpersons for the Southern Region on your indefinite suspension’.
“As chairpersons of the main committee, following the meticulous investigations that the committee instituted regarding your suspension on allegations that you embezzled funds and accusations on you for the team’s poor results that prompted the committee’s decision to suspend you, it has come to light that you did not in any way get involved in the alleged deplorable malpractice. We therefore, as a committee, clear your name,” part of the letter reads.
Wanderers Commercialization chairperson Clement Stambuli said they will deal with the matter internally.
“We will review Mr Nkunika’s position within the commercialization set up which is on-going. I must say that we are happy that our former supporters chairman and the General Secretary Samuel Mponda have been cleared of the allegations made against them in January.
“Mr Nkunika has been supporting the team even during the time investigations were underway and he never changed his stance towards the team, so we are all happy to welcome him back,” Stambuli said.
Nkunika said he is happy that the investigation has finally proved his innocence.
“The whole world now knows that I am innocent. When I said I am clean on all allegations levelled against me, nobody believed me. I therefore made a choice to keep quiet.
“In my quietness, I continued supporting Wanderers because I was born a Nomad. I will therefore continue supporting the team with or without a position. That’s what I am,” he said.
The supporters had appointed Denis Chitsulo to act in Nkunika’s position.
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