Mu­toya ap­pointed CEO of AUSC Re­gion 5

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ZIM­BAB­WEAN Stanely Mu­toya has been ap­pointed as the in­au­gu­ral African Union Sports Coun­cil (AUSC) Re­gion 5 chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer fol­low­ing con­sti­tu­tional changes that saw the abol­ish­ment of the sec­re­tary-gen­eral’s po­si­tion.

The ap­point­ment is on a five-year per­for­mance based con­tract.

The AUSC Re­gion 5 re­viewed its con­sti­tu­tion to align it with the African Union Statutes. The new con­sti­tu­tion was ap­proved by the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters on June 24, 2016. The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters is the high­est de­ci­sion-mak­ing body of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mu­toya joined Re­gion 5 (then SCSA Zone VI) in Novem­ber 2011 and served as the gen­eral man­ager on a five-year con­tract af­ter re­plac­ing Charles Dz­imba who had re­tired.

A for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Zimbabwe Olympic Com­mit­tee (ZOC), Mu­toya has de­vel­oped into a sea­soned sports ad­min­is­tra­tor with 16 years ex­pe­ri­ence in sports ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He was in­volved in sports ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment within the then Min­istry of Sport, Arts and Cul­ture as a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor from 2000 to 2002.

There­after, he joined the Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC) as a pro­vin­cial sports co­or­di­na­tor in Mashona­land Cen­tral province from 2002 to 2004 be­fore join­ing the Grain Mar­ket­ing Board as a sports and recre­ation of­fi­cer from 2004 to 2006.

Mu­toya later joined ZOC as man­ager: op­er­a­tions and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment where he steadily rose to gen­eral man­ager and ul­ti­mately CEO, a po­si­tion he held up to 2011 when he moved to join the SCSA Zone VI in Novem­ber 2011 as gen­eral man­ager.

Mu­toya shrugged off challenges from 43 other ap­pli­cants for the AUSC Re­gion 5 top job.

His ap­point­ment was ap­proved by the Re­gion 5 sec­re­tar­iat and sub­se­quently rat­i­fied by the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee in Swakop­mund, Namibia, on Satur­day.

A shrewd, but dy­namic sports ad­min­is­tra­tor, Mu­toya has carved a name in sports man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion and earned re­gional and con­ti­nen­tal recog­ni­tion due to his ef­fi­ciency and knowl­edge of the sport in­dus­try.

He has in the process earned him­self the ad­mi­ra­tion of the con­ti­nen­tal body, the African Union Com­mis­sion, which ap­pointed him to­gether with the late Mvuzo Mbebe to serve on the African Games Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee.

“My im­me­di­ate tasks in­volve re­cast­ing our strate­gic plan and prop­erly ori­ent­ing the re­gional sports ar­chi­tec­ture. Once done, that should de­fine strate­gies that the re­gion should pur­sue, key among them be­ing the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of the re­gion’s prod­ucts and ser­vices,” he said.

Mu­toya, who is based at the AUSC Re­gion 5 head of­fice in Gaborone, Botswana, car­ries a heavy re­gional sport­ing load on his shoul­ders and will be ex­pected to pro­vide strate­gic di­rec­tion and guid­ance for the an­tic­i­pated sport tra­jec­tory in the re­gion.

“My task is by no means a small feat at all. I am alive to the hu­mon­gous de­mands and land mines that lie in our sport­ing ter­rain and with the sup­port of my team in the of­fice, mem­bers of the sec­re­tar­iat and the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, this re­gion can al­ways im­prove and as­sume its lead­er­ship po­si­tion in Africa,” said Mu­toya.

The AUSC Re­gion 5 com­prises 10 coun­tries, An­gola, Botswana, Le­sotho, Malawi, Mozam­bique, Namibia, South Africa, Swazi­land, Zam­bia and Zimbabwe.

Mean­while, in elec­tions presided over by the pres­i­dent of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of South­ern African Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tees, Robert Ma­gag­ula, on Satur­day, Ve­tum­buavi Veii of Namibia and Malaw­ian Ge­orge Jana were re­tained un­op­posed as chair­man and vice-chair­man of the AUSC Re­gion 5 re­spec­tively.

Lawrence Mthethwa of Swazi­land was elected un­op­posed to the po­si­tion of chair­per­son of fi­nance and mar­ket­ing, which was held by Charles Nhemachena, who did not stand, while An­to­nio Gomes (An­gola) was elected chair­man of the Sports De­vel­op­ment Tech­ni­cal Com­mis­sion af­ter two rounds of vot­ing could not sep­a­rate him and Lim­pho Mokhochane of Le­sotho.

Six coun­tries An­gola, Le­sotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Swazi­land were el­i­gi­ble to vote, while Botswana, Mozam­bique, Zam­bia and Zimbabwe were in­el­i­gi­ble, as they were not in good and reg­u­lar stand­ing at the time of the elec­tions.

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