Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
Zimbabwe Football Association’s efforts to spruce up their image have not gone unnoticed, with the soccer mother body being declared the most open and accessible public organisation in Zimbabwe following research conducted by a local media think tank.
The annual 2015 report by the Media Institute of Southern Africa titled “2015 Report on Open and Secretive Public Institutions in Southern Africa” rated ZIFA as the most open institution in Zimbabwe. The research was conducted in five Southern African countries which include Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
ZIFA were, according to the research, the best in the Zimbabwe category.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association is the most open institution in 2015. The ZIFA website is visually appealing and fairly easy to navigate.
“The home page is regularly updated, providing the latest news. The website provides details on who to contact for information and it has a policy document on how its operations are governed.
“They responded to written requests for information swiftly and comprehensively.
“Questions were sent to them on paper and electronically and they responded,” reads part of the report.
ZIFA scored 41 points with the National AIDS Council coming a distant second with 33 points.
The aim of the research was to evaluate the level of openness in Government and public institutions in Zimbabwe.
The researchers looked at the institutions’ websites, how they relayed information to the public and their response to written electronic requests.
ZIFA have been trying to turn on a new leaf since a new leadership, led by Philip Chiyangwa, was ushered into office in December last year.
ZIFA communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said he was happy with the recognition and elaborated that as a public organisation they would continue to release information that is of public interest.
“As the football mother body, we feel honoured to be declared as the most open and information accessible organisation.
“We shall continue releasing information that is of public interest since we are accountable to the public,” Gwesela said in a statement on the association’s official website.