Factionalism spills into football

HARARE - The escalating in-fighting within Zanu-PF has spilt into football with a group pushing for Zifa president Cuthbert Dube’s ouster now linking the beleaguered football boss to embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru.

With factionalism within the ruling party now affecting nearly every facet of Zimbabwean life – the Lifelong Footballers Trust of Zimbabwe – a newly-formed outfit bringing together different stakeholders of the game in the country, is now openly leveraging on the politics of the country to oust Dube and his entire administration by aligning itself with a faction the Zifa supremo is said to be opposed to. 

The faction has been clamouring for Mujuru’s removal from her VP post, and several individuals linked to her, including Dube, have either been expelled from their posts or are walking a tightrope.

LFTZ last week passed a “vote-of-no-confidence” in the Zifa board and Zifa Council and will soon petition president Robert Mugabe to act on the Dube administration.

Following an all-stakeholders Indaba last week, the LFTZ released a statement heavy with political undertones, linking Dube to a rival faction of the ruling party led by Mujuru.

The meeting set up a task committee of five members and they prepared the following resolutions:

    * Cuthbert Dube must resign forthwith.

    * The Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture must, through the Sport and Recreation Commission, appoint an interim committee to run the affairs of football in this country in preparation for legitimate Zifa elections as the initial election that ushered Cuthbert Dube into office were politically determined by Amos Midzi and Webster Shamu who told Tapiwa Matangaidze to withdraw.

    * All Asiagate victims must be allowed back into football as the penalties are too harsh, and the rules and procedure were not properly followed, the reason why Fifa refused to uphold the penalties.

    * A commission of Enquiry on Cuthbert Dube’s plunder of Psmas and Zifa must be set up.

    * Cuthbert Dube must be accountable for the Zifa debt.

    * Calling on the Office of the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe to come to the rescue of the beautiful game.

    * Minister (of sport) Andrew Langa to leave office as he has failed to discharge the duties with regards to the SRC and Zifa.

    * Order to be restored in the country and in football, all people fanning and working to advance  factional ulterior motives like Amos Midzi, Webster Shamu, Andrew Langa, Jonathan Mashingaidze, Cuthbert Dube and their imposters in the regions and provinces must leave the football structures.

    * A vote-of-no-confidence in the entire Zifa board and its Councillors who constitute the Electoral College is unanimously passed.

The LFTZ said Dube’s ascendancy to Zifa president was “a political project needing a political solution.” 

“The (LFTZ) chairman (Francis Zimunya) decried factionalism at 53 Livingstone Avenue. Factionalism is the reason why some meetings are called by Mashingaidze, with the blessing of Dube, and held while the other members of the board are in the dark,” read the statement.

“Names of those who ushered Cuthbert Dube into office were said to be Amos Midzi, Webster Shamu and VP Mujuru, promoting the house to call for a political solution.

“The recent elections were characterised by highly prohibitive nomination fees to manipulate the political process in the incumbent’s favour, in this case Dube.”

Shamu and Midzi are believed to be Mujuru loyalists.

Under Dube’s much-maligned administration, Zimbabwean football has plummeted to an all-time low, with the wealthy Harare tycoon facing increasing calls for his ouster despite winning a second term earlier this year.

The political twist, however, presents a new and more daunting challenge for Dube – with opponents having identified this route as the their best chance to finally get rid of him.   

Political interference, though, has serious repercussions on the game.  

Interference by political authorities attracts suspension by world football governing body Fifa, as it constitutes violation of Article 17 of the Fifa Statutes.

Comments (4)

No wonder Hennerita wants her job back.

urbanus - 5 December 2014

Cuthbert "cashback" Dube is corrupt and a beneficiary of a system zanu created. "no accountability". That being said its also important to acknowledge that corrupt Cuthbert was elected into being ZIFA boss. FiFA recognise Cuthbert adminstration. Its different from removing him like Zanu pf stractures. Political interference in football ine punishment "Hombe". FiFA is the owner of football. Ask Nigeria . Henirietta this time ha-ulume!!! .

X-MAN IV - 5 December 2014

zanu haina door ne fifa , fifa haitambe suspension ngaaa

Harare - 6 December 2014

Why on God's green earth should Ca$hbert Duped be in any position of responsibility in Zimbabwe or anywhere else? Do we lack the political will or just plain kanjangas to say enough is enough. Where is the leadership? Do we not have a ministry of sports in Zim? Ca$hbert might not have legally stolen and claim that the board approved of his exorbitant re-numeration package but surely as a CEO he should have vetoed the board. The fact that he did nothing makes him unqualified to hold any leadership position. Emperor Nero looks like an angel compared to this joker. "Cry the beloved country", John Madzima must be turning in his grave as CA$hbert shamelessly drags down Zimbabwean soccer into the dustbins of history. At least PSMAS now knows when claims were not being paid, ZIFA was getting the funds.

Order - 6 December 2014

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