DeMbare board chair blamed for club rot

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bureau

PRES­SURE is mount­ing on Dy­namos board chair­man Bernard Mar­riot-Lusengo to ad­dress the cri­sis be­dev­illing the club fol­low­ing the lat­est fall­out with the club’s ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent Kenny Mubaiwa who gave a no­tice of res­ig­na­tion last week.

Mubaiwa is set to ten­der his res­ig­na­tion this week to leave the club with Web­ster Marechera as the only mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive. DeMbare were sup­posed to hold cri­sis meet­ings last week but they could not.

For­mer ad­min­is­tra­tor Uzziel Mankola, who claims to be among the founders of the club, has sprung up from the shad­ows with a scathing at­tack on board chair­man Mar­riot whom he ac­cused of be­ing the source of the seem­ingly never ever-end­ing prob­lems at the Harare giants.

Mankola, who spent years in Eng­land af­ter re­lo­cat­ing in 1999, charged that Mar­riot was il­le­git­i­mately run­ning the show at the Glam­our Boys.

Mar­riot has been tar­geted by for­mer team­mates and founder mem­bers like Ernest Kamba who is mo­bil­is­ing sup­port­ers and for­mer play­ers to chal­lenge the cur­rent lead­er­ship.

Mankola said Mar­riot “tricked all the stake­hold­ers and con­verted Dy­namos into his own per­sonal prop­erty against the pro­vi­sions of their own con­sti­tu­tion.’’

He sen­sa­tion­ally claimed that Mar­riot is not a founder mem­ber of the club but had ma­nip­u­lated records to suit his de­sire to hold power as the Dy­namos con­sti­tu­tion pro­vides that board mem­bers should be drawn from among the founders.

“The con­sti­tu­tion says the board of di­rec­tors should com­prise founder mem­bers but most of them have since died. There are only a few left. I also dis­cov­ered that some founder mem­bers and early play­ers have been sus­pended.

“And what Mar­riot is do­ing is to elim­i­nate all the founders and for­mer play­ers. He has sur­rounded him­self with peo­ple who toe his line and if you don’t walk his line he cre­ates a sit­u­a­tion and you are out,” said Mankola.

“There is a his­tory of cor­rup­tion and mis­man­age­ment at the club and all that should be ar­rested. So I am say­ing, Zifa or the Sports Com­mis­sion should come in and in­ves­ti­gate all the ap­point­ments made since Dy­namos reg­is­tered as a pri­vate com­pany in 1999.

“The idea to reg­is­ter as a com­pany was good but the con­sti­tu­tion was not fol­lowed. There had to be a res­o­lu­tion passed at a meet­ing duly no­ti­fied but all that was not done.

“All stake­hold­ers were not con­sulted. And if I may ask those who call them­selves share­hold­ers, how much did they put into the team and how much has been their div­i­dend since then?

“Author­i­ties should find ways to sort out the rot be­cause Dy­namos prob­lems some­how af­fect all teams. This board must be sus­pended, an in­terim one put in place, an AGM called as a mat­ter of ur­gency and map the way for­ward with all Dy­namos stake­hold­ers.”

Mankola said it was a pity Dy­namos was sit­ting on a rich mine of ma­te­rial and per­son­nel re­sources yet they are strug­gling to stamp their author­ity on the do­mes­tic scene.

“Dy­namos has a big fol­low­ing and is a big brand which can make its own money. We also have a large pool of coaches at Dy­namos.

“We have the likes of Sun­day Chidzambwa, his brother Misheck, Moses Chunga, Elvis Chi­weshe, David Mandig­ora and all and I am sure it’s pos­si­ble to rope in a big tech­ni­cal team if fi­nances were han­dled prop­erly,” said Mankola.

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