The overal sports governing body, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), is in the process of putting in place measures to ensure the ZIFA elections set for the 5th of December are free and fair, Sport Brief has learnt.
C.GADENI – SPORTS EDITOR
When Cuthbert Dube was voted ZIFA president some few years ago, the ZIFA council came under fire following allegations of vote buying, with the end result being poor administration.
At the beginning of this month, Dr Dube was dethroned from the hot seat, a development many thought would bring sanity to the Zimbabwe’s football crisis.
With fresh elections scheduled for 5 December, the SRC Director General, Charles Nhemachena challenged participants to alert them on unbecoming behaviour relating to vote buying.
So far Dr Phillip Chiyangwa and Leslie Gwindi are the only candidates to have picked up the presidium forms from number 53 Livingston Avenue, with rumours also suggesting that James Takavada is on the verge of picking up his.
Phillip Chiyangwa came under fire after sponsoring the Warriors Lesotho trip before rewarding them on return for a job well done. Football fans across the nation regarded the donation as unscrupulous and a desperate means of gaining attention through financial muscles.
The nomination court for aspiring candidates is set to close on the 5th of November, as a requirement of the ZIFA constitution, and there are already allegations of some assembly members offering their vote in exchange for financial gain.
Amid all the drama in the struggle for power, the SRC said it will make sure elections are clean, but Nhemachena said they can only act when presented with concrete evidence.
Sports journalists are also allegedly being paid to provide favourable news coverage to those aspiring to land the ZIFA hot seat.
Supporters associations have also been fingered as masterminding vote buying.
Other candidates who have their names in circulation include Twine Phiri, Mathebe Ndlovu, and Kenny Mubaiwa.
The likes of Charles Mabika and Walter Magaya have distanced themselves from the hot seat.