Philip Chiyangwa has declared that there will be no ZIFA elections this year until he completes a full four-year term.
Chiyangwa was elected into office on December 5 of 2015, following the removal of Cuthbert Dube.
According to NewsDay, the association’s lawyer Itai Ndudzo explained that there was a misconception of the term of office for Chiyangwa and his executive committee. The lawyer said Chiyangwa and his administration have only served half of their four-year term.
“Article 38 states that the president shall be elected by the Congress for a period of four years. His mandate shall begin after the end of the Congress which has elected him,” said Ndudzo quoting the ZIFA constitution.
“If the president is permanently prevented from performing his official function and his position becomes vacant, the vice president shall represent him until the next Congress. This Congress shall elect a new president if necessary.
“This means that when Chiyangwa was elected he came in as a new president and he wasn’t coming in to complete Dube’s term, he earned himself four years in office. So there are no elections for the ZIFA president of any other office in the organisation this year,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chiyangwa has written a letter to the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) complaining of the supreme sports body’s interference is ZIFA electoral matters.
He said that he had been targeted by acting director-general Joseph Muchechetere and Edward Siwela, who is the SRC board chairman, yet the same body had kept its quiet as the previous Zifa leadership took football to the drain.
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