VETTING of the 12 Highlanders candidates who submitted their nomination forms on Saturday ahead of next month’s club elections is expected to start this morning with returning officer Luke Mnkandla conducting the process.
Initially 13 candidates had collected nomination papers from 50 Robert Mugabe Way, Bulawayo, but Allen Mavikisa did not submit his.
“We will be starting the vetting at 10am tomorrow (today) and it will continue for the whole day. We will be doing this on a first come first serve basis,” he said.
Mnkandla will be assisted by former board chairman Dumisani Sandi, secretary Jimmy Ncube, High Court judge Justice Nicholas Mathonsi, labour expert Davis Ndumiso Sibanda and former vice-chairman and board member Elkanah Dube.
To be eligible, a candidate had to submit the nomination form with 10 signatures from bona fide club members and his membership must also be in good standing.
Mnkandla said they would be verifying the authenticity of the nominees’ seconders.
“What we want to verify are the members that signed the nomination papers and the people that seconded them,” he said.
“We want to know who they are and whether they are card carrying members and whether their membership is up to date.”
Former chairman Ernest “Maphepha” Sibanda is seeking a new term and will battle for the chairmanship post with incumbent Peter Dube.
Both Sibanda and Dube will have to convince the electorate on why they should vote for them, with some saying Maphepha has to explain the Obadiah Tarumbwa transfer while others are saying Dube has failed to bag the league title for three consecutive seasons.
Sibanda reportedly said he did not benefit from the Tarumbwa transfer, but for the sake of the club’s reputation he took the fall.
He is the last chairman to win the coveted Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title. Dube on the other hand won the Mbada Diamonds Cup, but for two seasons finished the league as runner-up. The club performed below par last season finishing fifth and without any silverware.
The resignation of former coach Kelvin Kaindu, now with Triangle, could also haunt Dube as a number of supporters believed this was a bad decision which the Bosso executive could have tried to prevent.
Innocent Batsani Dube, Emmet Ndlovu, Faith Silandulo Dube, Donald Ndebele, Pilate Mahlangu and Njabulo Bango will contest the secretary-general post which will be relinquished by Andrew Tapela.
Committee member Charles “Six One” Moyo will be challenged by Cleopas Ngano, Wisdom Mabhena and Colsen Mabeza, a former player.