HIGHLANDERS chairman, Peter Dube, is the new acting chairperson of the Premier Soccer League and will hold office until elections on February 13.
This was confirmed by Zifa president Phillip Chiyangwa on Monday.
“We stand guided by Article 21 of Zifa that any board member can either be chairman or president of a club. As such Mr Phiri does not hold any of those positions at the Caps United hence the need to have the elections.
“For now Peter Dube is the acting chairman of the PSL and any further communication will be advised through their chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele,” Chiyangwa said.
This comes amid revelations that Phiri has lost his post as chairman of the PSL by virtue of not representing any club after Harare businessman Farai Jere took over as majority shareholder of Phiri’s club Caps United.
Jere owns 60 percent of the club while Phiri and Nhamo Tutisani each hold a 20 percent stake in the club.
Caps United board of directors chairman, Lewis Uriri, now represents the club at official gatherings and on October 5, 2015 voted in the Zifa elections that brought in Phillip Chiyangwa as president of the national association.
Jere was Chiyangwa’s campaign manager during the elections. And now Chiyangwa says Phiri must face elections as he lost his mandate last year.
Article 38.5 of the PSL Constitution states that if the chairman is unavailable then, the vice chairman, in this case Highlanders boss Dube, can stand for him until the next election.
And congress, if necessary, can elect a new chairman.
The article reads: “If the chairman is permanently prevented from performing his official function and his position becomes vacant (e.g. death, resignation, unexcused absence from the Emergency Committee for three consecutive meetings), loss of membership/relegation, the Vice
Chairman shall represent him until the next Congress. The Congress shall elect a new chairman if necessary.”
Article 38.1 says: “The chairman shall be elected by the congress for a period of four years. His mandate begins after the end of the congress that has elected him. The chairman shall only be re-elected once.”
Chiyangwa’s fissures with the PSL were always going to come out sooner or later, and played out in the open just a few days after his election after he ordered fresh elections at the top flight league.Advertisement
Chiyangwa says since Jere is now the majority shareholder at Caps United, then Phiri, who had risen to the top PSL post by virtue being owner of the Harare side, he cannot hold the same position at the league.
Phiri embarrassed Dynamos president Keni Mubaiwa in last year’s election 13-3 to win a second term in office, his last in office according to the PSL constitution.
It is understood that PSL members did not vote for Chiyangwa in last year’s elections while Harare City completely stayed away.
The PSL AGM will take place next month just before the start of the new season and Zifa might find itself violating the statutes of its affiliates by ordering elections outside the congress as these (elections) have not been necessitated by any of the reasons stated in Article 38.5.