Zifa councillors feel the heat

HARARE - Zifa Northern Region chairman Willard Manyengavana yesterday admitted the councillors are under intense pressure to vote for credible candidates at next month’s Zifa board elections.

The 58 councillors, who make up the Zifa Assembly, will be voting for a new executive committee to replace the previous board led by Cuthbert Dube next Saturday.

Four candidates; Philip Chiyangwa, Leslie Gwindi, James Takavada and Trevor Carelse-Juul will be battling out for the post of Zifa president.

Lincoln Mutasa and Omega Sibanda are the two candidates vying for the post of vice president.

Wilfred Mukuna, Edzai Kasinauyo, Musa Mandaza, Piraishe Mabhena, Felton Kamambo, Beadle Gwasira, Joseph Musariri, Jackson Munyaka, Lewis Uriri and Philemon Machana are vying for the four board posts.

However, most Zimbabweans have been very vocal against Chiyangwa’s candidacy and have accused the businessman of trying to use his political connections to bulldoze into the Zifa board.

Councillors have also taken a lot of flak with most people accusing them of taking bribes to vote for Chiyangwa.

Speaking at Kasinauyo’s manifesto launch in Harare yesterday, an emotional Manyengavana defended the councillors and accused the media of portraying them as a bunch of money-hungry vultures.   

“I feel very sorry for us councillors because some of the attacks that we are getting from the media are not necessary.

“I think you are putting us under unnecessary pressure,” Manyengavana said.

“The media is attacking us but we have done nothing wrong. What I want you to know is that the councillors know what they want.

“They have the love of the game. We all want to be associated with good times of the game. Please, criticise us after we have voted on the 5th of December.”

Manyengavana added: “I was very disappointed one of these days when I heard on radio one of the journalists saying that our wives should tell us that we must vote for credible candidates.

“Seriously guys, what have our wives got to do with this Zifa election?

“Why should you drag our wives into this debate?”

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.