D-Day for Juul

HARARE - Aspiring Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Trevor Carelse-Juul will find out whether his nomination has been accepted when the Zifa Electoral Committee meets today.

Last Saturday, three other candidates James Takavada, Philip Chiyangwa and Leslie Gwindi were cleared by the vetting club to stand in the elections to be held on December 5.

The elections were necessitated after the Zifa councillors on October 3, revoked the mandate of the previous board led by former president Cuthbert Dube. 

Juul’s bid was blocked after the vetting club asked his election agent Stanley Makombe to clarify on the businessman’s residency and citizenship status as required by the Zifa constitution article 32 for presidential candidates.

A clearance from the Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) was also required after it emerged Juul’s previous stint as Zifa chairman in early 1993 ended in controversy.

Makombe on Tuesday resubmitted his candidate’s nomination papers in the hope that they met all the requirements asked for by the electoral committee.

Juul’s rivals and detractors are lobbying heavily on the electoral committee to apply the book and have him barred from running in the election.

However, there was some good news for Juul’s camp yesterday after the SRC sports development officer Joseph Muchechetere clarified the matter.

“He (Juul) and his leadership were not banned from football activities. They were an interim committee and during their tenure they failed to comply with the SRC policies,” Muchechetere told the Daily News.   

“As a result, they were only suspended from taking part in the election that ushered Leo Mugabe into power.

“Juul and all the other members of his interim committee did not take part in that election and that means they served their suspension.

“When someone is suspended; it means there is a specific period they must serve and in this case, they did not take part in those elections that ushered Leo Mugabe into office.”

With the issue of the SRC suspension now out of the way, Juul’s camp is now hoping the relevant documents they submitted on Tuesday will be sufficient to allow him to stand in next month’s elections.

Makombe has already indicated they will not hesitate to go to court in the event their nomination is not accepted.

“Assuming it is denied for some unexpected reason, he is not going to stop there. He is going to ensure that justice is given upon him to equally participate as a fellow Zimbabwean,” Makombe said after resubmitting Juul’s papers.

“The fact that he is staying in South Africa does not mean he is not Zimbabwean. Mind you the new Constitution allows dual citizenship. Once you have dual citizenship, you have citizenship for Zimbabwe on the basis of being born in Zimbabwe. The issue of residence cannot be contested.

“I think this is a very influential position and there are many people who are politicking strategies to bring themselves as better candidates. Look, it is the same Zifa that employed Ian Gorowa, who was based in South Africa. Why didn’t they ask how they could employ a coach, who is resident in South Africa?

“Gorowa would fly in and out, to come and coach and during his tenure and he did quite well.

“For any reason, I’m must tell you that because Zimbabwe is part of the global village; flying from South Africa is only one-and-a-half hours. I don’t see why we should use petty reasons to outwit Trevor.”

Comments (1)

How was allowed last time to contest against Cashbert Dube , even though he lost?

Mukanya - 13 November 2015

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