Mash Central chaos continues

HARARE - Mashonaland Central Cricket Association (MCCA) board elections ended in controversy again when for the second time William Chaitezvi was elected chairman on Friday.

The first elections were held on July 18 with Chaitezvi, who is also Mashonaland West board member, and four others emerging victorious but the result was declared null and void by the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) nomination court.

A re-run of the polls was ordered after some members of the province successfully petitioned ZC claiming Chaitezvi and the other four board members Tsitsi Muzuva (Bindura University), Danny Tumozo (Chipindura), Munyaradzi Chigariro (ZRP) and Norman Tavarwisa (Shamva) were not bona fide Mashonaland Central residents.

The MCCA constitution states that those seeking to hold positions on the board must reside in the province and belong to full member clubs.

Friday’s election at Bindura Country Club took place under the same conditions but the result remained the same with Chaitezvi and team being retained.

After the poll results, Chaitezvi maintained he was indeed a legitimate candidate.

“I have been a resident of Mashonaland Central for the past three years, a member of Wadzanai Cricket Club for two years now and have since relinquished my board post with Mash West through e-mail,” he said.

Outgoing MCCA chairman Lavert Zungunde had earlier stormed out of the hall claiming election fraud.

“I’m a custodian of this constitution and I won’t be part of an election which seeks to disregard the very same constitution which we are all entitled to abide with,” he said.

The status of the two clubs, Bindura University and ZRP, who participate in certain provincial competitions as invited clubs, was also queried.

According to the MCCA constitution, Bindura University and ZRP do not have voting power or the privilege to hold board seats.

But in this case, the two clubs through Muzuva and Chigariro now have board seats.

Prior to Friday’s election, ZC chief executive Wilfred Mukondiwa had said: “That’s a matter which I think the nomination court will have to address at some point but the people from that province must address that because ‘why would you want to nominate somebody whom you know sits on another province because the requirements are very simple?

“For you to be nominated and elected onto a board you must reside in that province and if someone is from Marondera and goes and contests in Hwange and the people from Hwange vote for that person then it becomes interesting.

“We don’t have any influence or hand in it. The clubs in the respective provinces have all the power. The whole system actually empowers the clubs to make decisions.”

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