ZIFA ELECTIONS: Constitutionalism is my mandate, says Gift Banda

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Aspirant president Gift Banda says he is ready to work with anyone if he wins.

Bulawayo– Aspiring ZIFA vice president Gift Banda said the current leadership led by Phillip Chiyangwa has not followed the constitution leading to unlawful practice which has tainted the association.

The Njube-Lobengula Member of Parliament and former Njube Sundowns FC boss was initially disqualified from contesting in the impending polls which were rescheduled for December 16.

Banda is contesting against incumbent vice-president, Omega Sibanda. Banda is a former ZIFA Southern Region chairman who beat Omega Sibanda in 2010.

Speaking to members of the media in Bulawayo on Thursday Banda, said his first mandate if elected into office will be making sure that everyone adheres to the constitution.

“The constitution has not been followed which has resulted in scandalous disqualification of some members and also unscrupulous acts which has tainted the association.

Look at how we were initially disqualified and then brought back into the race, that alone shows that the constitution is not being respected. There was a stipulated fee for appealing but it was raised on the 11th hour in a bid to hinder us from contesting and then it was brought to level, I have to deal with that when I come into office. I am ready to go into an election, I am ready to go into an election even tomorrow,” he said.

Banda added that he is ready to work with Chiyangwa or Felton Kamambo, or whoever wins the presidency post.

“Whoever wins as President I am ready to work with them, I am running this race alone and without a mate. I respect everyone contesting and the ones who have been at the helm, despite whatever they have done we have to appreciate them for what they done in their tenure. When they took over ZIFA was tainted in debt but they have managed the debt so kudos to them, whoever wins be it Kamambo or Chiyangwa I am ready to work with them,” said Banda.