Zimbabwe’s sports watchdog, Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), has given the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) a cautionary advice about their actions in respect to the failure by the local football mother body to organise elections for its structures.
By Tongai Mwenje
The current ZIFA leadership has allegedly made overtures to FIFA seeking an extension to their term of office beyond 29 March 2018.
In reaction to that, the regulator of the local sport said are in the process of engaging the leadership of ZIFA to offer them advice on how to properly handle the electoral process as provided for in the ZIFA constitution.
“…we are in the process of engaging the leadership of ZIFA to offer them advice on how to properly handle the situation i.e. the electoral process for all ZIFA structures in line with the ZIFA constitution,” said the SRC Acting Director-General Joseph Muchechetere.
The SRC boss said will not hesitate to step in if there is an element of departure from the established constitution.
“Wish to make it clear to ZIFA or any other Sport and Recreation organization that we expect them to operate within the confines of their respective constitutions, provisions of the SRC Act, which is the prevailing National Law on the Organization and Administration of Sport in Zimbabwe. Any deviation from the above requirements will be unacceptable and will not hesitate to step in and restore order,” he warned.
The current board has been in office for two years after they took over the reins from the Cuthbert Dube leadership in December 2015.
The Zimbabwe Football Association electoral code states that the President shall be elected by the Congress for a period of four years. His mandate shall begin after the end of the Congress which has elected him.
With less than a month before the end of Chiyangwa’s term of office, ZIFA had been expected to have long held their 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) which would have ratified an electoral commission to oversee the elections.
The electoral committee should be set up at least six months before an elective congress.
However, in violation of the local football regulatory authority’s legal document, that election strategy intended to achieve credibility is yet to be put in place.