We are not corrupt, insists Zifa electorate

HARARE - Amidts claims of vote-buying ahead of Zifa presidential polls, a section of the voters has come out in defence of their integrity, promising to uphold the election credibility by voting “for the best man for the job.”

A 58-member Zifa Council, made up of different stakeholders from across the country is set to elect the association’s president and board members on March 29.     

Aces Youth Academy co-director Nigel Munyati and incumbent Cuthbert Dube appear the frontrunners in an election also being contested by former Dynamos and PSL secretary-general Leslie Gwindi and ex- Zifa chairman Trevor Carelse-Juul.

Zifa Mashonaland provincial chairman Derrick Matapure said his vote will go to a candidate who can lure funding.

“We we want an individual who can get sponsorship; we want someone who is administratively sound,” he said.

“I have no allegiance and I’m just looking at the track records. What they have done and where they can take Zimbabwe’s football.”

Zifa Midlands provincial chairman Austin Chishanga, a long-time ally of incumbent president Cuthbert Dube, did not hide who he will be vying for when he casts his vote on March 29.

“My candidate is Cuthbert Dube,” he said.

“He has done a lot for football and he needs another term to complete the projects that he has started.

“Even in America, they understand this that is why in America a president can stand for two terms.”

Asked if he had encountered vote- buying during any of the four candidates’ campaigns, he said:

“I have a lot of businesses, I’m not a man that can be bought by money.  If there have been some who have been bought, I cannot to confirm.

“For me to be chairman of Midlands I was voted into office without giving anyone any money.”

Mashonaland central chairman and former Mwana Africa United chairman Gilbert Saika believes the pre-election period has been with without controversial incidents.

“As far as I’m concerned the process looks fine. The process of the elections in the provinces here was very free and fair.”

On vote-buying he said:

“In any election there are always allegations. Personally I have not encountered any form of vote buying. It’s just hearsay. As for me, I want someone with a manifesto that covers the provinces.

“People usually want to concentrate on the Premier Soccer League and the national team but football starts at the provinces and grassroots. Someone with such a vision is the person I want to lead us for the next four years.”

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The results of the elections will tell us if you are corrupt or not because if non archivers remain in power it is only through buying a vote not competence.

maita - 24 March 2014

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