ZRU Cup tie probe undermined

Sandu Ndamu

THE independent committee instituted by the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) to probe the circumstances leading to the cancellation of Zimbabwe’s crunch Africa Cup match against Madagascar last month,

could have its findings rejected.


Investigations by IndependentSport this week revealed that the committee has no autonomy and the executive may reject, accept or alter its findings.

According to the ZRU by-laws, the executive committee shall have “full power … to instruct any sub-committee of the union to carry out such duties, as it may deem necessary.


“All such matters dealt with by a sub-committee shall be referred back to the executive committee which shall not be bound by any decision of such sub-committee but may accept, reject or alter such decision.”


Rugby analysts said that the power of the executive to alter or reject their findings eroded the committee’s independence.


“This means that the independent committee is just ceremonial with no autonomy,” said one rugby analyst.


ZRU president Lawrence Majuru, however, said the union would respect the findings of the committee.


“We could have handled the issue but we felt that an independent committee would probe the circumstances behind the cancellation of the match,” he said.


The committee, com-prising five members, is mandated to establish the reasons behind the last-minute cancellation of the Zimbabwe/Madagascar match scheduled for Harare Sports Club last month.


The match was aborted after players refused to use the designated pitch citing its deteriorating conditions.


The committee started its work two weeks ago and is expected to announce its findings today.

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