Zifa gag Ndlovu
ZIFA Southern Region has gagged the author of the controversial proposed constitutional amendments Tumediso Mokoena Ndlovu, saying the issues raised in the document will be discussed at a general meeting set for Harare next week.
Ndlovu, acting Zifa Bulawayo Metropolitan Province chairman Francis Ntuta and Zifa Matabeleland North chairman Denis Tshuma are signatories of the document signed last Friday titled, “Proposed amendments to the constitution from the Southern Region”, that was sent to the national association.
The region wants 10 articles of the constitution amended, with the biggest being the reduction of PSL delegates to the Zifa congress from the present 16 to just four.
e Southern Region also wants the Zifa headquarters to be moved to 160 Enterprise Road, Harare — a property owned by Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa. Zifa owns 53 Livingstone Avenue in Harare which had been used as the association’s headquarters until the Chiyangwa administration took office.
The Southern Region is also lobbying for the return of regional chairpersons to the Zifa board after their automatic seats were abolished by the 2013 constitution that reduced the size of the executive committee to eight.
These proposals have drawn the ire of some sectors of the football community that have questioned the sincerity of the reforms.
Ndlovu, who cancelled a scheduled interview with Chronicle Sport yesterday to explain the proposed constitutional amendments, had earlier said the amendments only highlighted anomalies within the constitution that they want corrected.
After yesterday’s story in which Zifa honorary member Cornelius Bwanya and ex-board member Tawengwa Hara questioned the sincerity of the Southern Region’s proposed constitutional amendments to revamp the association’s composition and operations, Ndlovu said: “Sorry, I’ve been told not respond to your questions.”
Southern Region chairman Musa Mandaza confirmed gagging Ndlovu.
“From now on, he will not be talking about the constitutional amendments. All those issues raised will be dealt with at the assembly next week,” Mandaza said. — @ZililoR.