Bodybuilding official flees to US

HARARE - The National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) organising secretary Claude Shambare has fled to the United States of America after allegedly receiving death threats.

Shambare, who was in charge of the federation’s restructuring programme, claims some NFZBBF officials tried to mix politics and sport.

“I dissolved some provinces like Manicaland, Midlands, Harare and Mashonaland Central and I think that this did not go down well with some politicians within the association,” Shambare told the Daily News from the US.

“During the meeting, there were near fights and provinces were barely represented. To those represented I sent a message via the WhatsApp groups and Midlands, Mashonaland Central and Manicaland reacted angrily while Harare only received a negative response.

“This is all the most surprising considering that most of these guys failed to attend the national provincial executives meeting.”

Shambare added: “I don’t know how my political party allegiance comes to play. I guess someone was planning to use these dissolved structures for political gains. I think some people appointed certain individuals to represent party interests for instance Midlands has never been elected through voting.”

Shambare claims he received a death threat through a letter decorated with images of bullets at his doorstep and another electronic copy from an unknown source who only signed off as Comrade Chando Kupisa.

“I still want to come back home, my family is there and don’t know what may happen to them during my absence. I rushed coming here because of that letter,” he says.

“I had planned to leave on November 15, and return on December 2, 2016 and as we talk I am at a friend’s house.”

NFZBBF secretary general Quiet Shangai dismissed the allegations as frivolous adding that what they know is that Shambare is away in the US with the blessings of the association as he is attending a competition.

“As an association we are not aware of that what we know is that he went there on a bodybuilding competition ticket and we can't comment on the other allegations he is bringing up because we are a sport association and not in any way involved in politics,” Shangai said.

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