Is our sport in the right hands?

HARARE - The Daily News has maintained a deliberate editorial stance, focused on service delivery in a country where political leaders are used to putting themselves first ahead of the populace.

As a national newspaper, this stand is in line with our national responsibility as a patriotic people’s watchdog.

We remain determined to ensure that the people of this potentially great nation hold their political leaders accountable for their policies and their conduct in office.

The people of Zimbabwe, just like any other citizenry in the world, are free to criticise their elected leaders and representatives, and to observe how they conduct the business of government.

Elected representatives at the national and local levels should listen to the people and respond to their needs and suggestions.

It is therefore, against this background that we will not tire in asking questions of the Zanu PF government with regards to their election manifesto, especially after the nightmarish outcome of an election so disputed by the rest of the progressive world.

This week our sports desk accepted a meeting with the new minister of Sports, Andrew Langa, who has been tasked with taking Zimbabwean sports to the next level.

Sports is close to the hearts of a lot of Zimbabweans, and naturally, the people put in charge of this sector in this country must be made aware of what is expected of them.

Unlike previous Sports ministers, Langa has his work cut out for him, simply because since sport is now almost a standalone ministry, he will be exposed to public scrutiny more than his predecessors who had much more on their hands.

His success, or lack thereof, will be laid bare for all to see because inside each and every Zimbabwean, there is a soft spot for sports.

Following the meeting with Langa on Wednesday, we were not thoroughly impressed by the man’s grasp of sports, and the issues affecting sports in this country.

For a minister who took the oath of office when the country’s number one sport, football, has nose-dived after the successes of the mid 2000s, when the country’s second leading sport, cricket, is in dire financial circumstances — and for that same minister to table the biggest ever budget in the history of Zimbabwean sports for a regional, insignificant youth games, is ample proof that sports is probably in the wrong hands.

Not too late to reform, though.

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