'ZC needs urgent reforms'

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) board member Freddy Kapuya says urgent reforms are needed to insure that future elections are transparent and fair.

Kapuya was an observer during last Friday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which saw former Mashonaland Cricket Association chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani emerging as the new ZC boss while Sylvester Matshaka won the vice-chairman’s post.

Wilson Manase, who was interim ZC chairman since replacing Peter Chingoka in July 2014, only polled three votes and subsequently failed to make it into the new ZC board.

Kapuya, who did not seek re-election having served in the ZC marketing portfolio and as chairman of the powerful Cricket Committee, said there were a lot of misgivings in the way the nomination court handled the just-ended elections.

“What came out of the AGM was that in future we need the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) or the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to run the elections for Zimbabwe Cricket,” the Redcliff mayor told the Daily News.

“This will give the elections a bit more transparency. Some people had their documents pulled out at the last minute while some said they had sent their mandatory police clearances but they did not reach the nomination court.

“In the end they had to re-submit their police clearances and so the consensus was that the next election starting from the provincial elections, we need to appoint Zec or SRC to do the whole process because they are impartial boards.”

William Chaitezvi was elected the Mashonaland Central chairman while at the same time he also had a seat on the Mashonaland West board.

It was also the same case with Mashonaland West chairman Paul Mungofa, who also sits on the Midlands board.

“I think ZC needs to look at that because the constitution is silent on that aspect but in common law it’s not proper,” said Kapuya.

Kapuya, however, feels Mukuhlani will be a good chairman and will take the game forward.

“The future of Zimbabwe Cricket is very bright to be fair. Mukuhlani is not new to this game, he has been in cricket as the vice chairman for eight years and I think he’s just coming back into the system,” he said.

“I see Mukuhlani as a young man who has got energy who is his own man and during the time when he was vice chairman I found him to be very sober.

“If he remains like that and learns from those who were within Manase and Chingoka he will be a better person. Manase to his credit, he did very well and our hope is he and Mukuhlani should just sit down and do a proper handover takeover. They must also continue to assist each other like what Chingoka did when Manase took over.”

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