Zifa electoral committee is revealed

HARARE - All eyes will be on the Zifa electoral committee appointed at last weekend’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to map the association’s election roadmap.

The Zifa assembly agreed to set up an electoral committee made up of prominent lawyers which the Daily News understands are Sarah Chambarehwa, Charles Vhudzi, Vuma Vusilizwe, Reginald Chidavanyika, Liberty Mutuyo and Chenamoyo Guvuriro.

The appeals committee consists of Justice Chinhengo, Tafadzwa Mazonde, TB Choga.

Prior to last weekend’s AGM, Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa was being accused of making manoeuvres to postpone elections until next year.

Chiyangwa came into office in December 2015 to fill the void left by Cuthbert Dube’s executive following the revocation of their mandate by Zifa councillors.

Their term of office is set to expire on March 31 this year.

However, Chiyangwa claims he was elected on a four-year mandate and is currently in his third year of his four-year term.

But following the AGM, Zifa legal advisor Itai Ndudzo said: “Before we came to this AGM, there has been a lot of debate and speculation as to which are the positions that are eligible for contentions.

“But we will have to wait for the electoral committee to convene and it will determine that question. The congress has agreed to install the electoral committee appointed by the executive committee.

“It has also been agreed that the electoral committee is the one that has the responsibility to come up with the electoral roadmap in terms of advising us: when are we going to have elections, whose positions are vacant and subject for contestation in that election.

“Where are we going to have those elections, who is eligible to participate in those elections and all the normal requirements of conducting an election in terms of the Zifa constitution and the electoral board.

“The electoral committee when it sits is the one which looks at the Zifa constitution and the electoral committee to determine when we are going to have elections and by what process. That was the position of the Congress.”

Ndudzo said the electoral committee will only start its work after the approval of world football governing board, Fifa, following a proposal sent to the Zurich-based organisation on the period within which elections should be conducted after the setting up of Electoral College.

“And how soon they convene depends on if the amendment made to the statutes today finds favour with Fifa it means that they are going to meet and pronounce themselves immediately and the expectations was that the response was ought to have arrived by now,” said Ndudzo.

“Which means by next week we should be able to have received indications from Fifa regards the proposal. If Fifa says no that’s the end of the road because we can’t defy Fifa. So Fifa will determine.”

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