Under cross-examination on Tuesday by Taibu's lawyer Jonathan Samkange, ZC board member Wilson Manase said the team's coach Walter Chawaguta and head selector Kenyon Ziehl had to ask the board to intervene during the tour.
'The team management, players and selectors were saying they were having difficulties working with him so they wanted us to help,' Manase
said, adding that Taibu's behavior was 'affecting team spirit.'
Manase, who is also the board's legal adviser, was giving evidence as a witness after he belatedly arrived at the scene of the altercation between Taibu and Lupepe in a travel agency.
said Lupepe told him that Taibu had grabbed her
by the neck and pulled her
up while she
was in a sitting position, demanding that she
accompany him to his
bank to prove that his
monthly payment had not been deposited into his
account when it was due.
Lupepe's blouse was in disarray and she
was sobbing uncontrollably, Manase
could hardly move her
neck in obvious pain.
Taibu has denied manhandling Lupepe, but said he
was under pressure as he
needed the money to pay medical fees for his
Samkange went on to accused Manase
of orchestrating a conspiracy to punish Taibu for questioning the management of board funds and of instructing Lupepe to press charges.
Samkange's accusations were vehemently denied by Manase
also denied those allegations, saying ZC
was no longer making as much money as perceived because by the public because Zimbabwe did not regularly host big matches, in the process depriving the association of television rights.
had no reason to conspire against Taibu, claiming he
was instrumental in negotiating Taibu's return to the Zimbabwe fold after he
had prematurely retired from international cricket in 2005.