Dead end for Banda, Ka­mambo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ed­die Chikamhi

THE des­per­ate ef­forts by for­mer Zifa board mem­bers, Fel­ton Ka­mambo and Gift Banda, to run for of­fice in the up­com­ing elec­tions for the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee were dealt a mor­tal blow af­ter the Zifa Elec­toral Ap­peals Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day up­held their dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion in terms of the statutes gov­ern­ing poll.

As­pir­ing Zifa pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Ka­mambo and Banda, who was eye­ing the vice-pres­i­dent’s po­si­tion were dis­qual­i­fied by the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee early this month along with Mlungisi Moyo, who was tar­get­ing a po­si­tion on the board.

Ka­mambo and Banda were barred from con­test­ing in the De­cem­ber 1 bal­lot, which is just over a week away, be­cause they failed to meet some of the fun­da­men­tal con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ments.

The duo was not happy and they ap­proached the Ap­peals Com­mit­tee which yes­ter­day up­held that Ka­mambo was not el­i­gi­ble for Zifa pres­i­dency since he was im­prop­erly nom­i­nated while Banda, who was banned from foot­ball in 2013 af­ter he was found guilty in the Cen­tral­gate match-fix­ing scan­dal, failed to plead his case against the sanc­tion.

The Ap­peals Com­mit­tee also up­held that Banda should serve his five-year re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion which com­pletes on De­cem­ber 8.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists in Harare yes­ter­day, chair­man of the Zifa Ap­peals Com­mit­tee Tafadzwa Ma­zonde, who was flanked by mem­bers of the com­mit­tee Her­bert Mu­tasa and Ton­derai Choga, said the Ap­peals Com­mit­tee went through a painstak­ing process to ar­rive at their de­ci­sion.

Ma­zonde also hinted that Ka­mambo and Banda have reached a dead end in their quest as the de­ci­sion by the Ap­peals Com­mit­tee was fi­nal.

“In terms of the elec­toral code, the de­ci­sion of the Ap­peals Com­mit­tee is fi­nal. The only way to rem­edy is to rem­edy it is to rem­edy the is­sues that we have raised so that in the next elec­tion they will then not go with­out any is­sues.

“Our role as the Ap­peals Com­mit­tee was ba­si­cally to ad­ju­di­cate over these ap­peals. In re­la­tion to whether or not the elec­tion would pro­ceed, it’s a mat­ter which the Zifa sec­re­tariat should re­spond to.

“We hope that this (judg­ment) an­swers ev­ery­thing and clears the air on a num­ber of is­sues that have been raised in re­la­tion to these ap­peals and we be­lieve that we have dis­charged our man­date in the best man­ner that we can and in the in­ter­est of jus­tice both for our game and even for the cred­i­bil­ity of Zifa it­self,” said Ma­zonde.

How­ever, Ka­mambo and Banda had ar­gued that the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee had treated them un­fairly when they axed their names from the list of the suc­cess­ful can­di­dates af­ter the vet­ting process.

Ka­mambo raised three is­sues in his grounds of ap­peal against the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee chaired by Vusilizwe Vuma in­sist­ing that his nom­i­na­tion was prop­erly done by the req­ui­site three peo­ple of good stand­ing with Zifa.

He also chal­lenged his sus­pen­sion, which was ef­fected ear­lier this year, and the le­gal­ity of the in­tegrity test con­ducted by the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion on the can­di­dates to run for Zifa of­fice.

How­ever, chair­man of the Ap­peals Com­mit­tee Ma­zonde said Ka­mambo’s case was dis­missed on the ba­sis of his im­proper nom­i­na­tion.

“In casu, the Ap­pel­lant’s nom­i­na­tion was pro­posed by three in­di­vid­u­als, namely, Sweeny Mushonga on be­half of the Zifa North­ern Re­gion Soc­cer League, Moses Chi­ikoti on be­half of Zifa High­field Area Zone, and one in­di­vid­ual whose name is only stated as Alois, pur­port­edly on be­half of PSL.

“It is the propo­si­tion by the in­di­vid­ual which is the source of con­test in these pro­ceed­ings.

“It is com­mon cause (or ought to be ac­cepted as such) that PSL is not a mem­ber of Zifa, at least go­ing by the def­i­ni­tion of “mem­ber” as es­poused in ar­ti­cle 10 of the con­sti­tu­tion…

“I am sat­is­fied that Elec­toral Com­mit­tee was cor­rect in reach­ing the con­clu­sion that the Ap­pel­lant had not been prop­erly nom­i­nated. For this rea­son, this ground of ap­peal ought to fail,” read the judge­ment.

Banda, who was hop­ing to stand toe to toe with in­cum­bent Omega Sibanda, had said in his grounds of ap­peal that the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee erred in dis­re­gard­ing one of his nom­i­na­tors and in also tak­ing into ac­count his ban in 2013, wh i c h

h e ar­gued was not val­i­dated by Congress.

How­ever, while some of his ar­gu­ments held wa­ter, the fact that he was banned and was still to com­plete his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion haunted his ap­peal.

“The na­ture of this Ap­peal is that if it must suc­ceed it must do so in whole, not in part. Whilst the com­mit­tee found merit in some of the grounds of Ap­peal raised, this is not help­ful if there are some fa­tal flaws in the ap­peal es­pe­cially in cases where the Ap­peals Com­mit­tee up­held the find­ings of the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee.

“In par­tic­u­lar, the Ap­pel­lant must serve his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion till 8th De­cem­ber 2018. Be­fore such date, any dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion by the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee can­not be al­tered.

“The Ap­peal is there­fore dis­missed and the Ap­pel­lant’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion by the Elec­toral Com­mit­tee is there­fore up­held and con­firmed,” said Ma­zonde.

The dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Ka­mambo and Banda from the nom­i­na­tions left in­cum­bent Phillip Chiyangwa and his deputy Sibanda to run un­con­tested in the poll.

The Zifa elec­tion sea­son, which be­gan early this year, will wind up next week with the ush­er­ing in of a new na­tional ex­ec­u­tive to lead the coun­try’s foot­ball af­fairs for the next four years.

Six other can­di­dates will fight for the four slots avail­able for the Zifa Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. The nom­i­nees in­clude in­cum­bent Zifa board mem­berFi­nance Phile­mon Machana, me­dia prac­ti­tioner Barry Manandi, pub­lic re­la­tions ex­ec­u­tive Sugar Chagonda, busi­ness­man Chamu Chi­wanza, veteran ad­min­is­tra­tor Stan­ley Chapeta, and ex-ref­eree Brighton Ma­lan­d­ule.

Gift Banda

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