ZRU appears before Parly

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) yesterday appeared the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Sports and Culture to address issues affecting the game.

ZRU was presented by president John Falkenberg, vice-president Nyarirai Sibanda and general manager Sifiso Made.

Also in attendance was ex-national team Losson Mtongwiza, who recently sparked a racial storm after levelling racism allegations against the union’s leadership.

Both parties were giving their perspective on the state of the game in the country.

But it was a 10-minute outburst by Mliswa directed at Falkenberg that stole the limelight with the Hurungwe West MP failing to maintain his cool.

“I get emotional when I talk about such things,” bellowed Mliswa.

“The president is white the next most powerful person is white person who is the executive vice-president.”

Falkenberg, however, maintained the ZRU was operating on an open door policy with no discrimination.

“I believe there is no racism in the game,” he said.

“I believe there is passion in the game. I think there are misunderstandings but at the end it’s all about passion and love for the game. I was voted into office by a majority of black people.

“Our board is made up of 10 members, only two members are white the rest are black. All decisions are made by the board.”

GM Made added that racism was “too strong a word”, saying that most people with positions at the union were there on voluntary basis.

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