Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kazembe Kazembe has said that the situation regarding the Zimbabwe National Rugby team, the Sables, is now under control. This comes after players slept in the street last night in protest against the substandard accommodation they had been assigned to. In a statement, the minister said,
There have been social media reports that have surfaced making numerous allegations of neglect and abuse of Zimbabwe National Rugby Team (The Sables) in Tunisia.
Contrary to these negative media reports, my Ministry, together with Sports and Recreation Commission and Zimbabwe Rugby Union, we would like to set the record straight.
The Zimbabwe National Rugby Team is taking part in what is known as the Rugby Africa Gold Cup campaign that doubles up a World Cup qualifier are currently in Tunisia. This competition is governed by Rugby Africa who licence this tournament and as such are responsible for logistics for all teams taking part in this competition. Each Union is afforded a grant to host teams and to this end, we as Zimbabwe were afforded Euro 70 per person per night to host Morocco. Zimbabwe hosted Morocco on the 16th of June, two weeks ago and the Morocco team were housed at the Cresta Oasis hotel which is a three-star hotel. In addition, we afforded them a luxury air-conditioned bus for their local transportation and would have expected Tunisia Rugby Union to reciprocate in accordance with the Hosting Manual.
According to the hosting agreement, each hosting Union is responsible for speaking to the powers that be with regards to Visas and as such, we pre-cleared the Moroccan team who spent less than half an hour at our Immigration services in Harare. Unfortunately. the same was not afforded to Zimbabwe contrary to the letter that they sent to the Zimbabwe Rugby Union on 28 June 2018 assuring us that our delegation would receive Visas upon arrival and a copy of this letter is available.
Since last night, I can safely tell you that the players and management have been fed and their hotel changed to suit the standards that we have always afforded visiting Nations to Zimbabwe.
I have also been assured the ZRU that all allowances up and until the Kenya Test have paid. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will appraise you should the situation change We encourage the Sables to perform their National duty and continue to be ambassadors for the Country by winning against Tunisia this coming Saturday.