Zifa shot down

HARARE - The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has shot down Zifa’s proposal for the federation’s aspiring presidency candidates to pay a nomination fee of $10 000.

Zifa is expected to hold its nationwide elections for leaders of its various structures, including its president and board members, early next year.

The proposed fees for the overall Zifa elections were met with overwhelming condemnation from parliamentarians last week, who slammed Zifa for setting exorbitant fees for prospective contestants.

“At its meeting held on December 11, 2013, the Sports and Recreation Commission Board considered, among other things, Zifa’s submission relating to election fees,” SRC director general Charles Nhemachena said in a statement.

“The Board noted with concern that the set fees were excessive to the extent that they were beyond the reach of many aspiring candidates who had the potential to contribute effectively to administration of the association and the development of football.

“The SRC Board considered the fees to be unfair, discriminatory and inconsistent with the basic tenets of democratic governance.

“In view of the above, and taking into account representations made by some football stakeholders, the Commission resolved that the fees as set were unacceptable.

“Zifa would accordingly be advised to review their fees downwards and using the fees charged in the build-up to the 2010 elections as a basis.”

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