ZIFA ELEC­TIONS Only ‘peo­ple in good stand­ing’ to participate

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ricky Zililo

FOOT­BALL ad­min­is­tra­tors that had sus­pen­sions lifted within the last five years are in­el­i­gi­ble to participate in the forth­com­ing Zifa elec­tions in what is viewed as an­other process of elim­i­nat­ing prospec­tive chal­lengers to the in­cum­bents.

There is al­ready an outcry over steep nom­i­na­tion fees set by Zifa and bar­ring those whose sus­pen­sions were lifted from 2013 ap­pears to be a cal­cu­lated elim­i­na­tion of potential threats to the present lead­er­ship.

The re­quire­ments laid down by the elec­toral com­mit­tee al­ready rule out the likes of former Premier Soc­cer League chair­man Peter Dube, ex-women’s foot­ball bosses Miriam Sibanda and Sa­muke­liso Silen­gane, who all served bans in the last five years.

Former Zifa bosses Jonathan Mashin­gaidze, Hen­ri­etta Rush­waya, Vin­cent Pamire, Rafiq Khan, Trevor Carelse-Juul, Euse­bio Maseko and Cuth­bert Dube are also af­fected by this re­quire­ment.

Zifa elec­toral com­mit­tee chair­man Vusilizwe Vuma said: “Only peo­ple in good stand­ing will be al­lowed to participate in the elec­tions. This means that both the nom­i­na­tor and the as­pir­ing can­di­date should be in good stand­ing”.

Part of the nom­i­na­tion form reads: “An as­pir­ing can­di­date should get at least three nom­i­na­tions from foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tors in good stand­ing (nom­i­na­tors must have a min­i­mum 5 years foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion and not un­der any cur­rent bans, in cases of pre­vi­ous bans, nom­i­na­tors must have al­ready been re­ha­bil­i­tated for a min­i­mum pe­riod of 5 years post the ex­piry or lift­ing of their bans and must be in good stand­ing with re­gards their af­fil­i­a­tion fees, reg­is­tra­tion fees, sub­scrip­tions, fines due or any dues to Zifa or any of its af­fil­i­ates in terms of the statutes, judg­ments, set rates and in the same way as de­scribed in 7(ii).”

The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion part, ac­cord­ing to Vuma, also ap­plies to as­pir­ing can­di­dates.

Those in­ter­ested in run­ning for any foot­ball of­fice must at­tach a cer­ti­fied copy of their long birth cer­tifi­cate, a cer­ti­fied copy of the ID, pho­to­graphs as well as an orig­i­nal po­lice clear­ance.

Prospec­tive can­di­dates are re­quired to pay the pre­scribed nom­i­na­tion fee to col­lect the nom­i­na­tion form.

Nom­i­na­tion fees have been set at $5 500 for can­di­dates as­pir­ing for Zifa pres­i­dent, $4 000 for the vice-pres­i­dency and $3 000 for a board mem­ber po­si­tion.

As­pir­ing PSL chair­man will pay $3 000 and gover­nors $200. Women’s foot­ball chair­per­son’s nom­i­na­tion fees is $500, while those eye­ing of­fice at the grass­roots will get the forms at $100, with the election fee set at $250.

The elec­toral com­mit­tee also said can­di­dates hold­ing lower po­si­tions in Zifa will be re­quired to re­lin­quish them be­fore con­test­ing at a higher level.

In the 2015 election that ush­ered in the Philip Chiyangwa ex­ec­u­tive, Fel­ton Ka­mambo, Pi­raishe Mab­hena and Musa Man­daza con­tested for board mem­ber po­si­tions serv­ing as re­gional chair­per­sons.

Mab­hena and Ka­mambo won and re­lin­quished their old posts, while Man­daza sim­ply con­tin­ued in his role as South­ern Re­gion chair­man after los­ing board elec­tions. — @ZililoR

Vusilizwe Vuma

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