Zifa gag Ndlovu

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

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.

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