Do the right thing, Gwindi pleads with councillors

HARARE – Leslie Gwindi says Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) councillors must do the right thing by voting him as the new president at next month’s board elections.

Gwindi will be going against Trevor Carelse-Juul, Philip Chiyangwa and James Takavada in the race to replace Cuthbert Dube in the polls to be held on December 5.

Speaking at his manifesto’s launch in Harare yesterday, Gwindi said councillors must not allow football to return to the dark ages characterised by Dube’s administration by voting in candidates with questionable football history.

“The underlining theme of our manifesto is ‘do what is right’. We are inspired to quote this because it is also biblical and it is important,” said the former Premier Soccer League, Dynamos and Harare City chairman.

“We must be driven by those divine forces to do what is right. In other words what we are saying is that every individual is spiritual and is a caricature of the Lord; therefore you know what is wrong from right.

“When you do something wrong you know it and this is also motivated by our experiences in football in the last six years.

“It has been a disaster; we have performed very badly by all standards in terms of our rankings, in terms of our administration and we want to correct that by doing what is right.”

Gwindi added: “How do we do what is right? There are two adages that come under that. We need to carry out a very far-reaching and deep institutional reform. We need to be looking at our constitution.

“We need to look at how best we can improve and actually cut and paste on what the best leagues are doing.

“It came to our attention through one of the publications (Daily News) that our football association is one of the rogue associations. That’s not a good league to be in.

“Look what has been happening at Fifa. It came out this week that there will be a formal process against (Sepp) Blatter and (Michel) Platini; that’s an indication that you are not doing something right.

“Believe you me, if you are not doing something right it will catch up with you.

“The previous board and administration hoodwinked people in 2010 and went out again and hoodwinked the councillors in 2014 but it all caught up with them.

“It was against the backdrop of everyone saying let’s do what is right and they couldn’t get themselves to doing it.

“Look what happened and that is what we are saying and this is the message we are sending out to the councillors.

“Let us fix our football and we will by large achieve what every other individual or collectively want to experience and get.”

Gwindi, who competed and lost to Dube both in 2010 and 2014, is confident the councillors will give him the nod this time around.

“The bottom line is that the councillors are very clear and they have accepted they made mistakes and they have corrected those mistakes,” he said.

“They said we want to do what is right and football must be the winner. That’s the message coming through from the councillors.

“I think there is a very serious groundswell and I’m confident this time around, they understand where football must be taken. Football must win.”

Gwindi said electoral reforms were greatly needed to sanitise Zifa’s battered image that has driven away sponsors.

Next month’s elections are in danger of taking place after former sports journalist Hope Chizuzu filed an urgent High Court chamber application disputing the composition of the Zifa Electoral Committee.

“It is very imperative that we carry out constitutional reforms.

“Constitutional reforms that will touch on the electoral code.

“Do we have norms of behaviour that we expect from candidates?” said Gwindi.

“We need to be looking at what is now contentious before the courts of law. We need to be looking at the electoral committee; is it properly composed and we need to look at the constitution as a whole.

“Do we have a dynamic, recurrent constitution or we have an archaic constitution?

“Time and again if you ask me what constitution is being used now I’m at a loss. The document; the constitution of the Zimbabwe Football Association is a confidential document.

“I don’t know how it can be. It is ridiculous; you can’t find it on the Zifa website not to mention if they do have a website. We need to be looking at all those things.”

Comments (3)

Since my favorite candidate Charles Mabika is not among the contestants my prayers are in support for James Takavada. I would suggest that such positions should be decided by the whole nation just like a national elections. Just like presidential and parliamentary elections contestants should travel the breadth and width of the country campaigning.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 25 November 2015

ndodawo kuita councillor

dd - 25 November 2015

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