SRC to name interim ZRU board

HARARE – This Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) says it’s going to take at least six months or a year for them to decisively deal with the turmoil in local rugby.

SRC board chairperson Edward Siwela said they will soon be naming an interim executive to run the affairs of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) after the suspension of the Nyarirai Sibanda-led board.

Siwela said in the meantime, the ZRU day-to-day operations will not be affected since newly-appointed chief executive officer Blessing Chiutare is still in office.

“Firstly, I must point out that the administration under the CEO remains intact and therefore as far as administration is concerned, it will continue to be run,” Siwela said.

“To the pertinent question with regards to the interim committee; the provisions of the SRC are that when an executive committee or a board of a national association is suspended, as SRC, we should put forward names that should constitute an interim committee and put them forward as a recommendation to the minister.

“We have already identified what we consider to be suitable individuals and we are formally writing to the minister recommending that those people be appointed interim committee that will oversee the running of the sport of rugby in Zimbabwe in the interim.”

The SRC is now laying the ground work for a new election that will usher in a new substantive ZRU board with the process likely to drag on until next year.

“Our wish is that it (substantive board) is in place in the shortest possible time.

“We really would not want interim committees to mutate into full term committees,” Siwela said.

“You would love them to be there for a specific purpose and usually it is to address the gap that is created when the board or executive committee in this case is suspended.

“As soon as issues have been sorted out, we would see to it that we revert to the normalisation  . . . and if the outcome of the enquiry says that the board should be dissolved . . . you then go on to look at facilitating the electing of a substantive executive committee to take over.

“So we are looking at a period of six months to at most a year but really around six months that should pretty much take care of the challenges.”

The SRC suspended the Sibanda-led ZRU board following a number of maladministration charges.

The other members in the dissolved committee are vice-presidents Noddy Kanyangarara (Northern) and Tapiwa Mangezi (South).

“We made a decision to suspend the ZRU executive committee which some people refer to as the board, this obviously is (done) to enable the SRC to investigate deeper into the causes of the challenges that are being experienced by the ZRU,”  Siwela said.

“At its meeting, the SRC board also did actually address the issue of the interim committee.

“We are cognisant of the fact that the sport of rugby should continue to be run, it should not suffer on account of the fact that the executive committee has been suspended.”

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