Parly summons Dube over elections

HARARE - The parliamentary portfolio committee on Sports, Arts and Culture has summoned Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) to the august house on Thursday to answer allegations of electoral irregularities ahead of Saturday’s watershed Zifa board elections.

The committee’s chairman, Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa, yesterday said the much-anticipated polls cannot go ahead before Zifa and the SRC, the country’s supreme sports regulatory body, address claims that the election process is glossly flawed in favour of the incumbent. 

Mliswa said the SRC had failed to deal with the issue regarding the Zifa elections after promising parliament to do so in a recent Parliament appearance.

“The SRC promised to deal with the issue before elections can take place,” Mliswa said yesterday.

“They haven’t done that. So Parliament has summoned them alongside the Zifa president and the Electoral College to address the issue. We want them to address the issue of vote buying and the prohibitive nomination fee. We have received complaints from far and wide over these issues, and we feel the elections cannot go ahead under prevailing conditions. Our duty as the committee is to monitor, investigate and recommend to the ministry.”

Mliswa added that the committee had requested that Dube personally attend the session.

“The last time they sent (outgoing vice-president) Ndumiso Gumede and the committee was not happy,” Mliswa said. “As the chief defender of his association’s constitution, he must comply with the order.”

Zifa’s election process has come under fire in the countdown to the polls, with aspiring board member Saidi Sangula launching a bid in the High Court seeking to block the election. 

Sangula, chairman of newly-promoted Premier Soccer League (PSL) club ZPC Kariba, argued that the electoral process which will culminate in the national Zifa board elections this Saturday should be stopped allegedly because it is in violation of the association’s amended constitution as well as the electoral code.

His appeal was thrown out yesterday.

Comments (1)

Temba uchanyarara zvako wagirwa 50k na Dube. Munhu uyu ngaabve ku ZIFA taneta. Imiwoye, ndiani akamboona Cashbert ari mustadium?

Don Wezhira - 26 March 2014

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