Gumede not back

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

HIGH­LANDERS have dis­tanced them­selves from ut­ter­ances made by board mem­ber Davies Ndu­miso Sibanda last Fri­day that its ex­pelled chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede has been re­in­stated by the club fol­low­ing a Labour Court rul­ing.

The club said the sta­tus quo that was re­solved dur­ing a joint board and ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing that the vet­eran ad­min­is­tra­tor be sus­pended from his post in com­pli­ance with a Zifa direc­tive still stands.

“The High­landers po­si­tion re­mains the same. The meet­ing we sat as a joint board and ex­ec­u­tive re­solved to com­ply with a Zifa direc­tive. Any­thing else that hap­pens out­side that res­o­lu­tion is not and will never be the po­si­tion of High­landers Foot­ball Club. We don’t want to be at vari­ance with those who run foot­ball in this coun­try, ” said the High­landers sec­re­tary gen­eral Em­mett Ndlovu. How­ever we un­der­stand that there has been a rul­ing at the Labour Court and the best per­son to com­ment on that is Davies Sibanda”.

Ndlovu is also the new spokesper­son of the club in the new dis­pen­sa­tion at the coun­try’s old­est club that has seen vice chair­man Modern Ng­wenya tak­ing over the reigns at the club on an act­ing ca­pac­ity fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Peter Dube by Zifa.

Gumede hauled his em­ployer to the Labour Court last week chal­leng­ing his sus­pen­sion and High­landers, who were iron­i­cally rep­re­sented by Sibanda, did not chal­lenge the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Mean­while, it has since emerged that Sibanda could him­self be in hot soup with his col­leagues af­ter he vi­o­lated the club’s stand­ing or­ders by sign­ing the court pa­pers which he has no ju­ris­dic­tion over.

“High­landers is known for its pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ad­her­ence to the laws of the land but when a whole board mem­ber de­cides to go against those dic­tates then surely some ac­tion must be taken. No board mem­ber has author­ity to sign any doc­u­ment on be­half of the club, those are the du­ties of ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers,” said a board mem­ber.

The res­o­lu­tion to re­in­state Gumede was signed by Sibanda, Gumede and a labour of­fi­cer only iden­ti­fied as CA Muchunga.

“Mem­bers must not al­low such things to hap­pen be­cause its set­ting a very bad prece­dence that peo­ple can willy nilly sign doc­u­ments on be­half of the club sim­ply be­cause they are board mem­bers. In any event none of us knew about this whole move to go to the Labour Court. We had agreed that um­dala is go­ing on a one month leave on De­cem­ber 1 pend­ing re­tire­ment, so what was the rush re­ally? Just one week and some­one chooses to em­bar­rass us like that,” fumed the board mem­ber. He also ques­tioned Sibanda’s author­ity to speak to the me­dia on club is­sues.

While the club has its main spokesper­son, the board usu­ally speaks through its chair­man who is Mgcini Nkolomi or board sec­re­tary Matthew Sibindi.

Ndu­miso Gumede

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