Zifa boot out Cuthbert Dube

HARARE - Zifa’s Emergency General Meeting called by disgruntled councillors resolved to boot out president Cuthbert Dube and two other board members yesterday.

Dube, who was re-elected for a second term in March 2014, was yesterday together with board members Fungai Chihuri and Tavengwa Hara shown the exit door by the meeting held at a local hotel in the capital.

Dube’s vice Omega Sibanda is now the acting president after yesterday’s meeting.

“The Congress unanimously agreed to revoke the mandate of the President with immediate effect as per article 22 sub section on the Zifa Constitution,” said a statement released by the councillors.

“It was resolved the Board member Tavengwa Hara should be revoked from the Board. 27 members voted in favour, 2 members were not in favour and 1 member was indifferent.

“It was resolved that Board member Fungai Chihuri should be revoked from the Board. 30 members voted in favour, 0 members were not in favour and 0 members were indifferent.”

Dube was first voted as the Zifa president in March 2010 when he beat Leslie Gwindi to the coveted hot seat of local football.

In his first term, the former Premier Services Medical Aid boss, spent most of the time pursuing the Asiagate match-fixing scandal which has left Zifa at loggerheads with Fifa.

At the same time, Zifa’s finances which stood at $700 000 at the time he got into office began spiralling out of control up until this day which it stands at over $5 million.

The Zimbabwe national team also failed to qualify for any major continental competitions during Dube’s reign.

Dube and Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze formed a reclusive alliance as they sidelined most of the board members when it came to key decisions at 53 Livingstone Avenue.

Dube’s ouster will came as good news to many football loving Zimbabweans, who had become disenchanted with the game.

Most fans had been calling for Dube’s ouster and were left disappointed when he won re-election last year.  

Yesterday, the Zifa councillors also agreed that that a forensic audit be commissioned while all national teams must participate in Fifa and Caf sanctioned tournaments.

“A forensic audit to be done under the supervision of the Executive Committee as soon as possible,” read the statement.

“Participation of the National teams to be limited to Caf and Fifa sanctioned tournaments unless there is specific funding for the teams’ participation from the tournament sponsors.

“The Board to engage the creditors and submit the creditors list in the next AGM. The board to ensure that all subcommittees and other structures are functional.”

Comments (2)

Well partly good riddance, but I am not convinced that only these three men booted out were the sole instigators of the chaos and malaise in ZIFA. It is hoped that the forensic audit will help unravel more culprits. There is still a long way to go before some semblance of normalcy returns Number 53 Livingstone Avenue.

Edgar Gegane - 17 May 2015

Reports are that some councillors if not all recieved calls not to attend the indaba may we be told of such corrupt people who threatened them so that we know the extent of the rot, we have Anti corruption dept which can then investigate such threats Zifa is an arm of this country and any corrupt tendenciies can be dealt with ruthlessly.

Pablo - 18 May 2015

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