Ellina Mhlanga Sports Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Karate Union have set January 30 as the date for the general meeting where elections for a new executive to run the affairs of the organisation for the next two years will be held. The meeting will be held at Tsungubvi Hall in Glendale and various issues will be discussed. These include the national executive report for 2015 and considering and approving their calendar for the ensuing year.
They will also announce the membership fines and fees schedule for 2016 before the elections take place. Posts up for grabs include that of the president, vice-president, secretary-general, treasurer and members for the Athletes Commission for both full contact and semi-contact styles.
Joe Rugwete leads the current executive that came into office in 2012 and he is deputised by Eric Chinembiri. Steven Charandura is the secretary-general while Morag Flight is the treasurer.
David Dube is the Athletes Commission representative for both full contact and semi-contact styles but on the coming elections, members will now choose two representatives — one for full contact and the other one for semi-contact — unlike the previous situation where there was one representative appointed by the union.
ZKU president Rugwete said the nominees will be made on the day of the elections according to their current constitution with the national council made up of the sitting executive, provincial chairpersons and technical directors and two representatives for each affiliated style per province casting their votes.
“Nominees are yet to submit names to the secretary-general. What we did is we amended our constitution in Kwekwe in 2014. We called a Sports Commission officer who was there and we then submitted the amended constitution to the Sports Commission for adoption and it is not yet back. So we are going to use the old one that is registered with the Sports Commission until and when they confirm approval of the amended constitution.
“Nominations will be called on the same day of the elections and voters can also lobby for the people they want,” said Rugwete.
Under the leadership of the enterprising Rugwete, the karate union has managed to send athletes to various regional, continental and international tournaments.
They also won the Annual National Sports Awards Sports Administration of the Year award and Sport Development award in 2015.
In 2014, they claimed the Sports Administration award and the year before they were runners-up for the same award.
However, Rugwete is not certain if he is going to run again for the presidency of the union and reckoned that the decision would have to come from the people to nominate him if they still want his leadership.
“If I am not nominated I won’t participate. I don’t want to give myself the mandate. I would rather be given the mandate so if no one nominates me I will participate by voting for the person I feel is the right for the post,” said Rugwete.
Only those in good books with the karate mother body in terms of paying their affiliation fees will vote.