Gvt won't sack Dube

HARARE - Senior Cabinet minister Patrick Chinamasa has ruled out the possibility of government sacking Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and his board following earlier proclamations to that effect by Deputy Sports Minister Tabeth Kanengoni-Malinga.

Addressing Parliamentarians yesterday, Finance minister Chinamana, speaking in his capacity as Zanu-PF’s head of government business in the august House, said the government had no jurisdiction over the country’s football governing body – which he said was free to function independently from the state or any other authorities.

Chinamasa also denied that Zanu-PF factional wars had spilt into the country’s most popular national sport, with a splinter group of the ruling party widely believed to be orchestrating the ouster of Dube along party lines.

Last week, Kanengoni-Malinga revealed in Parliament that government was “fed up” with the way football was run in the country, telling legislatures that the Zifa board would soon be removed from office for gross incompetence among other maladministration accusations generally levelled against Dube’s leadership.

Kanengoni-Malinga added that government was unconcerned by the consequences of such radical action, which would mean a ban by world football ruling body Fifa from all forms of international football.

Yesterday, in sharp contrast to the junior minister’s remarks, Chinamasa said Zifa was answerable only to Fifa, not to them as government.

“Fifa policy is that as government we should not interfere in football, and it is government policy,” Chinamasa said. “We have no jurisdiction over Zifa because some of the employees of the association are not under the Ministry of Sports. They are under FiFa.”

Chinamasa was responding to Priscilla Misihairabwi-Musonga during the question-and-answer session after the MDC parliamentarian had requested for an update on the goings-on at Zifa.

Prince Sibanda, the MDC legislator for Binga North, also grilled Chinamasa over talk that Dube had become a victim of factional politics in Zanu-PF.

“There is anxiety that the interference taking place at Zifa is related to factional politics in Zanu-PF   and this is why government is now interfering,” asked Sibanda, to which Chinamasa replied:

“There is no factional politics to talk about in our football. Fifa is very clear that we are not supposed to interfere and we are not going to do so. We will follow their policy.”

Last week, while reacting to Kanengoni-Malinga’s remarks, Fifa wrote to Zifa warning that such interference would attract the full wrath of the Zurich-based organisation, which outlaws external interference in the affairs of its affiliates.

“We have learnt from media reports that the Zimbabwean authorities have supposedly discussed the possibility to disband the board of the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa),” Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke wrote.

“Should the allegations prove to be true, we would like to remind you that according to articles 13 and 17 of the Fifa Statutes, Zifa has to manage its affairs independently and with no influence by any third parties.

“Failure to do so would be considered as a violation of the Fifa Statutes and Zifa would be subject to sanctions, including suspension. In addition, the suspension would only be lifted once the status quo would be restored.

“Lastly, a suspension would mean that all Fifa member associations would not entertain sporting contacts with Zifa and that zifa would not benefit from any program or financial assistance from Fifa and Caf.

“We thank you (sic) to inform the interested parties accordingly and to provide us with a report on the situation as soon as possible.”

Comments (3)

it boggles the mind, to borrow from dambudzo marechera, that the minister proposes to sack cuthbert dube when it is all very clear that there would be dire consequences from fifa for soccer in the country. why not help this dube guy to steer the ship clear of the storm and save both the poor man and soccer in the country? minister, you could perhaps start by finding out what it is that zifa lacks in its efforts to develop soccer in zimbabwe. dube was elected, not appoinetd. are we being told here that he was elected fraudulently? further, cuthbert dube is a successful businessman if media reports are anything to go by. how then can he fail to run zifa? i think there is a problem somewhere, not in or on dube. find it out , minister. i strongly believe that if you show a penchant for firing you will hire and fire till jesus comes without achieving the desired results. there are many hands in the bowl that is zifa's problems. identify whose hands they are and deal with them one by one.

edika - 6 February 2015

Well said brother this lady Minister is being overzealous she should mind many challenges her government is facing. Dube should pull her socks we need results Mr. Dube

jose - 6 February 2015

minister is 100% correct.... zifa yawora tirikuda kuti munhu wese kusvika anotsvaira nekudiridza maruva vese vabve... corruption zifa.... huwori zifa

elton - 7 February 2015

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