The Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation Kazembe Kazembe said the compliant resistance issue by some errant sporting bodies has left the government with no option but to allow drastic action against such Associations who would have not met the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) Statutory Instrument 342 of 1995 to take its course.
By Tongai Mwenje
Speaking during his first interface with the National Sport Associations executives under the Sport and Recreation Governance Conference held on Tuesday in the Capital, the minister said, “As your Minister, I am forced to direct the Sport and Recreation Commission to take drastic action against the errant Associations or Sporting bodies for the benefit of the public. The SRC will deregister all the Sporting bodies who are not compliant with the laws of the land.”
His utterances were instigated by the fact that out of the 60 registered National Sport Associations only 9 are fully compliant, while 33 including the most followed sport, football, under Zimbabwe Football Association arm are partly compliant while 18 have not even started the process of advancing to compliance.
He said it is critical for everyone involved with the delivery of sport and recreation to ensure adherence to the good tenets of corporate governance to avoid deregistration.
“The ability to adhere to systems and procedures, without compromise, separates the well governed from the badly governed institutions,” Kazembe said.
Kazembe Kazembe also added that the low regard for the adherence to good doctrines of Corporate Governance scare away potential investors or sponsors to bankroll sporting activities.
In his presentation he also highlighted the fact that sport is no longer a social activity but rather a profession undisputedly able to contribute towards the Gross Domestic Product a country. For that reason professionalism must be observed.
“Today sport plays an important role in oiling the economy, for example, in South Africa sport contributes R41billion or 2.1% of the country’s GDP (2007, University of the North West, Potchefstroom, South Africa),” he said.
There has been a propensity among some top NSAs officials of tweaking rules and regulations to suit their thirsty for headship, to that effect the minister candidly said in this new dispensation it has to end.
“The system of altering rules and regulations to suit ourselves has to cease forthwith otherwise sport will be consigned to the dustbin and this will be unfortunate for the many athletes who depend on sport as a source of livelihood,” he warned the NSAs leaders.
Furthermore, he said screws are going to be tightened on those who seek for assistance from the government when they are not fully compliant with the laws of the land.
The Minister’s sentiments were also echoed by SRC Acting Director General Joseph Muchechetere who said the sport regulator was still committed to following up on National Sport Associations compliance with the regulations that were set earlier this year.
In an interview with SportBrief, the SRC boss said that the board was still following through on their directive to make a resolution on non-compliant Associations.
“My board has a meeting tomorrow (today) to make a resolution because what management does is to do the administrative work and flag areas where we (the NSA’s) are doing wrong and come up with resolutions on what should be done,” Muchechetere told SportBrief.
The Minister’s presentation which came after Muchechetere’s interview with this publication proved to be an arsenal for the regulator to flex its muscles on rogue Sporting bodies.
The second edition of the Sport and Recreation Governance Forum running under the theme, Enhancing the Sport and Recreation Industry through adherence to Governance Principles, was attended by officials from the ministry, SRC, NSAs, National Association of Primary Heads (NAPH), Private stakeholders, members from the uniformed forces and media.