Zimbabwe Rugby Union Interim Committee announced

The Minister of Sports and Recreation, Hon Makhosini Hlongwane on Monday announced a provisional five-member Zimbabwe Rugby Union Board with an aim of driving the vision of bringing back Zimbabwe Rugby to its rightful place.

By Carlo Chikomba

The announcement comes barely a month after the previous board was dissolved on allegations of incompetence  that resulted from squabbles within the board.    

Speaking at a press conference at the sport ministry’s offices on Monday afternoon, the Minister of Sports and Recreation Hon. Makhosini Hlongwane announced the latest development.

“Following the suspension of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) with effect from 08 August, 2017, I have on the recommendation of the Sports and Recreation Commission Board appointed an Interim Committee in accordance with Section 30, Subsection (2) of the Sports and Recreation Commission Act,”  said Hon. Hlongwane.

“The Committee’s tenure shall not be more than six (6) months and may be renewable subject to the exigencies or demands of setting the Zimbabwe Rugby Union on a functional trajectory.

The newly appointed Interim Committee members of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union are as follows:

  • Russel Karimazondo-Interim President
  • Tungamirai Brighton Mashungu- Board Member
  • Sithembelenkosini Sibanda-Board Member
  • Judith Chiyangwa- Board Member
  • Bongani Zamchiya- Board Member

Also present at the press conference was the SRC board chairman Edward Siwela, who added that the decision to suspend the previous ZRU board was well within the constitution of the sport.

“We acted well within the rules of the natural justice system as everyone (the suspended ZRU board) was given room to defend themselves in the face of the allegations leveled upon them but they (all) didn’t submit any response. The action to suspend the board was well within the confines of the law,” explained Siwela.

Hlongwane concurred with Siwela adding that the reconstruction process was done in consultation with the World Rugby Association.

Asked if the members of the interim board could be considered as part of a permanent board after the six month period had elapsed, Siwela said that there was no law preventing that from happening.

“The act doesn’t bar elected committee board from being elected as part of the substantive board,” said the SRC boss.

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