Mangongo backs ‘upstanding’ Taibu to brush off troubles

Tatenda Taibu will emerge stronger from a testing time in which he risks losing his home in a legal battle, mentor Stephen Mangongo has said.

Media reports last week revealed that the former Zimbabwe cricket captain is being sued after failing to repay a loan of £30 530 he took from one Prosper Karuru sometime in 2019.

Taibu used his posh Mabelreign house in Harare as guarantee.

Karuru has now approached the High Court in the Zimbabwean capital to possess the house if Taibu doesn’t clear the debt at a rate of 15 percent per month from March this year when the ex-wicketkeeper signed a document acknowledging that he owes the said sum.

Mangongo – who gave Taibu and his peers the platform to showcase their talents when he nurtured the budding cricketers as a development coach more than two decades ago – has offered solidarity to his most famous protégé, backing the 37-year-old ex-star to get over his troubles.

“Taibu is an upstanding, solid citizen,” Mangongo said.

“He is not the first to borrow, or last to borrow. He has other three properties if need be, to settle the debt.”

The amount Taibu owes Karuru is far less than the value of the house at the centre of the row, added Mangongo.

“The Mabelreign property is worth half a million in US dollars,” remarked the former Zimbabwe head coach.

“Taibu is a rationale man. Even world economies have struggled with Covid-19, so I’m sure and certain Mr Taibu will settle the dues. Taibu is not a conman. Surely, a payment plan can be ironed out sensibly without resorting to greedy-grabbing his hard-toiled, hard-earned property. It’s great that in fact the case is before the competent legal courts.”