Mbidi loses civil case against Kambatuku

Former Namibia Football Association (NFA) President Frans Mbidi has lost his civil case against former Executive Committee member Rodger Kambatuku at the Windhoek High Court.

Mbidi was suing Kambatuku for N.dollars 500 000.00

In a judgement delivered on Monday afternoon by Acting Judge Claudia Classen, Mbidi has been ordered to pay his legal fees and those of Kambatuku.

The former NFA President had in May 2019 referred to a statement issued by Kambatuku last year which said the former President 'was a corrupt individual who does not abide by the law and who engages in unconstitutional and corrupt practices for his personal benefit.'

Mbidi was claiming that Kambatuku accused him of engaging in various unprocedural, fraudulent and/or corrupt activities and that he had used his office to benefit financially.

Amongst other things it was said in Kambatuku's statement that Mbidi had failed a International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) integrity check, withheld information from the NFA, had upgraded his flight ticket to a Women's football meeting in Canada in 2015 from economy class to business class without following procedure, had utilised NFA funds to campaign for various positions at Council of Southern African Football Associations, was without moral fibre and was not fit for his then position.

Kambatuku further alleged that Mbidi had been paid twice by the NFA, while on various Confederation of African Football, and FIFA assignments.

The former NFA President was further accused of gross abuse of power and position by his former colleague at the Exco.

This led to Mbidi to approach the High Court seeking redress saying he had suffered damage running into N.dollars 500 000.00.

Mekumbu Tjiteere appeared for Kambatuku while Ileni Gebhardt represented Mbidi.

Speaking to Nampa after the judgement, Kambatuku welcomed the judgement saying the case had been stressful as it was a personal thing because he had the statues to back his pronunciations.

It has been a long journey and I have spent too much money on this. I will be meeting with my lawyer to discuss the way forward, he explained

Acting Judge Classen said the reasons for the dismissal of the plaintiff's claim will be made available at a later stage.

Source: Namibia Press Agency