Leading Zanu PF businessman elected new ZIFA President

Dube, a member of the Zanu PF’s faction led by General Solomon Mujuru Zanu PF faction the Premier Medical Aid Society chief executive polled 34 votes against Gwindi’s four.

Former Premier Soccer League (PSL) Chairman, Tapiwanashe Matangaidze, who was the front-runner in the campaign for the top post at the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), pulled out at the last minute because of constants threats on his life by Zanu PF thugs.

Sources said that with the forthcoming 2010 World Cup to be held in neighboring South Africa, the ZIFA post was now "very political" and only a "Zanu PF cadre" would suits its agenda.

They said this was because the individual would be representing Zimbabwe at a "very high political level and platform".

The FIFA World Cup 2010 hospitality packages purportedly owned by controversial Harare businessman Phillip Chiyangwa are believed to belongs to the Zimbabwean tyrant President Robert Mugabe and his two football loving sons, high level sources in the Central Integence Organisation have revealed.  

Cuthbert Dube who walked into the auditorium, with the aid of an assistant, said although he was grey haired, he was keen on reviving football in Zimbabwe to be run like a business.

"We need to find sponsors as a matter of urgency. Our football has to go back to the good old days when it was the envy of many."

Dube replaces Wellington Nyatanga who did not seek re-election.

The new board is a mixture of youth and experience.

Dumiso Gumede bounced back into mainstream football after beating Kennedy Ndebele 24 to 11 in the run off for the ZIFA  first vice presidency.

Retired referee Kenias Marange was elected to the post of second vice president after polling 20 votes, beating three other contenstants.

The youthful board members include Methembe Ndlovu and Phillip Chiyangwa’s sidekick Nigel Munyati were elected as board members responsible for development and marketing respectively.

Sources revealed that Chiyangwa had extended his financial support for the Gwindi campaign through Nigel Munyati an employee of the flashy businessman’s Native Investments as running mates.

Munyati, a former Black Aces player and director of the Aces Youth Academy.

Others voted into the board were: Benedict Moyo and retired Brigadier Gen Elliot Kasu. The other six board members will come from the regions.

Thirty-five councillors who are drawn from ZIFA affiliates voted in the elections.

Born Cuthbert Elkanah Dube, on the last day of the year 1953, in a Manyika family of five with only one girl. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is currently reading for a Doctorate in Philosophy.

The new ZIFA President also a sits on a number of boards for a number of Zimbabwean companies owned by Zanu PF’s flagship ZIDCO: West End Hospital (Chairman), Claybank Clinic (Chairman), Gweru Pharmacy (Chairman), PSMI Clinical Laboratories (Chairman), PSMI Dental Clinics (Chairman), PSMI Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd (Chairman), Premier Banking Corporation (Chairman, Healthshield Medical Services (Zambia) (Pvt) Ltd (Chairman), Premier Service Medical Aid Society ( Zambia) (Pvt) Ltd (Chairman), Zimbabwe Brain Tumour Association (Chairman), Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ)  -(Chairman), Groombridge Residents Association (Chairman), Zanu PF’s Jongwe Printing and Publishing Co. (Pvt) Ltd (Chairman), Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (Chairman), Suburban Medical Centre (Board Member), Simon V Muzenda Scholarship Foundation (Treasurer), Jairos Jiri Association( For the Disabled)-Patron and Harare Union of Journalist  -Patron.

In 2003, Leo Mugabe, the "favourate" nephew of the president and a notorious crony of the regime, was sacked from his role as president of the Zimbabwean FA after being found guilty of misappropriating a $61,000 FIFA grant for developing youth facilities.