ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) chairman Peter Chingoka has hit back strongly at disgruntled stakeholders who accuse him of messing up the game.
Chingoka said a dossier sent to the International Cricket Council (ICC) last week by Mashonaland Country D
istricts leader Charlie Robertson and former national selector Ethan Dube on behalf of the aggrieved stakeholders was only meant to embarrass him.
The ZC boss responded to the dossier through a stinging letter sent to ICC president Ehsan Mani, ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed, Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) chairman Gibson Mashingaidze and Sports minister Aeneias Chigwedere.
The letter was also copied to all ZC interim board members as well as the Africa, Asian and Australia cricket associations.
Chingoka wrote: “Mr Robertson, surprisingly you still refer to yourself as chairman of Mashonaland Country Districts notwithstanding the fact that the country’s supreme sports governing body, the SRC, declared your association obsolete in its advisory to all national sporting associations in November last year.
“‘You are strongly discouraged from continuing to use names which promote ethnic, regional and racial groupings like Mashonaland Country Districts and Matabeleland Country Districts.’”
Chingoka also questioned Dube’s leadership of the Matabeleland board.
“As for you, Mr Dube, our constitutional committee will be addressing the issue of your ascendancy to provincial chairmanship. We have no record of the meeting that approved your assumption of office,” he said.
“Needless to say, we will expect you to display your adherence to sound corporate governance. Already, this adherence has not been demonstrated as Matabeleland Cricket Association has not produced audited results of its finances, and yet you berate the ZC for not doing so.
“Further, the adherence was not displayed as you failed to appreciate that the ICC does not deal with individuals but cricket organisations such as ZC.”
Chingoka suggested that Dube was being used to probably disguise what he sees as a racial war.
“It goes without saying that Ethan Dube is, since last September, being used to give colour to the purported complaints. In using his name, this is a calculated attempt to show that Mr Robertson is not alone or is aligned with other elements that are not for the broadening of the field from where talent can be tapped,” he said in the letter.
Chingoka defended ZC against allegations of corruption.
“No funds have been diverted from cricket with the pure intent of propping up the so-called Chingoka-led faction in an attempt to build a power base that will allow us to survive attempts to unseat us,” he said.
“Are you attempting to unseat us undemocratically and illegally without the due process of law? Have you forgotten the fact that the interim committee was appointed by the SRC?”
On calls to suspend the ZC interim committee from the ICC, Chingoka said: “I am surprised you advocate for the suspension of ZC from being a member of ICC. We wonder which constituency you represent, or the persons you hold a brief for. Ozias Bvute and I do not hold ZC to ransom. We work through collective responsibility with members of the Interim Committee.”
Chingoka also rose to the defence of the SRC which sacked the substantive ZC board and reappointed him chairman of the interim committee.
“The SRC has done nothing wrong. Its actions have brought tranquility to sport. Undue criticism by yourselves is not a surprise because you do not want the game to be spread in order for talent to be tapped nationwide,” he said.
“You are against the SRC because of their stance on this issue. It is sad to note that 26 years after independence you still hold on to archaic ideas.
“Be that as it may, a new ZC Constitution being drafted will incorporate all and sundry and ensure the continuation of the game without any hindrance. It is at this juncture that you will then be free to use the democratic process to make a bid for a ZC board post, should you so wish.”