Mhlophe is new Highlanders chief

BULAWAYO - Kenneth Mhlophe is the new Bosso chairperson after he won the post unopposed in the club’s executive elections held at the Highlanders Club House yesterday.

Mhlophe stood unopposed after his other challenger Ernest Maphepha Sibanda was disqualified by the Highlanders board on allegations of defrauding the team when he was still the team manager many years ago.

Sibanda had initially collected his nomination papers but the board thought otherwise and he was told to step down from contesting.

This is the second time in a row that Sibanda has been disqualified from running for the top Bosso post.

In 2014, outgoing chairperson Peter Dube was also elected unopposed after Sibanda was barred from entering the race.

The two other posts of secretary-general and the committee member which were up for grabs at yesterday’s election went to Israel Moyo and Wisdom Mabhena respectively.

At least 180 club members cast their votes yesterday.

In the secretary-general’s post, there were three contestants with Moyo garnering 104 votes while  Siphatho Ncube 60 votes and Nkululeko Ndlovu managed 15 votes. There was only one spoilt vote.

Moyo takes over from Emmert Ndlovu who did not stand for re-election due to other commitments.

For the committee member’s post, Mabhena retained his post with 87 votes while Silandulo Sibanda polled 39 votes, Peacot Dhlomo 35 votes and Charles Moyo 18 votes. There was one spoiled vote.

In his acceptance speech, Mhlophe pleaded for peace and unity of purpose amongst the Bosso family.

“This is not time for gloating, boasting nor is it desirable time to apportion the title of ‘the vanquished’ on those who received less votes than others,” he said.

“This is the time for reflecting and reconnecting with each and every member for we are and will be as strong as the weakest amongst us.

“Today, right now going forward, we must be united by the everlasting idea which supersedes all individual desires and preferences. “That idea is Highlanders Football club. It is this idea which must prevail, not individuals or competing interests.”

The new Highlanders boss also talked more about good corporate governance and condemned hooliganism.

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