The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Basketball Union Meeting Rescheduled

The Basketball Union of Zimbabwe athletes' commission were forced to reschedule their meeting with clubs in the Harare Province after a clash with the coaches and administrators' meeting on Wednesday, reports Ellina Mhlanga.

The basketball mother body has resolved to intervene on the problems that have been haunting the sport in the province since last year after a bitter power struggle that rocked the Harare Basketball Association.

There was a split in the HBA last year after former HBA administrator Roderick Takawira disagreed with leaders on the procedures taken in the drafting of the constitution.

BUZ athletes commission had set the meeting for Wednesday, and was specifically for players represented by their team captains, to outline and discuss problems that have engulfed the province.

However, the coaches and administrators were also having their meeting on the same day.

BUZ athletes commission president, Shinga Magede, said they could not accommodate the coaches and administrators.

"They wanted us to have the meeting together but this could not happen. The objective was to give the athletes a platform to say their views and opinions.

"The purpose was to give them a platform under constituted structures and framework and resolutions from such meetings will be respected," said Mage-de.

Magede said several meetings have been held with the administrators but the players have not been given the chance to air their views.

"Athletes have not been informed on what is going on and they will have to decide for themselves after the meeting," Magede said.

The splinter league was formed early last year after the then outgoing executive committee led by Takawira conducted elections on the basis that their term of office had expired.

According to the national association, HBA executive was supposed to conduct the elections only after they had finished drafting their constitution to align it with the new BUZ constitution.

BUZ drafted their constitution and registered it with the Sport and Recreation Commission in November 2008 and all the provinces were required to have their constitutions aligned to the mother body's document.

However, the provincial executive went ahead and held the elections in May that came up with a new executive led by Roderick Takawira as the chairman.

BUZ insisted they would not recognise the outcome of the elections.

On July 12 another election was conducted under BUZ's inspection and this gave birth to the committee chaired by Gilchrist Mageza.

Players, playing for clubs under the Takawira led faction, cannot compete in national tournaments since their executive is not recognised by the national association, they will, however, attend the meeting.

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