ZANU PF legislator for Mhondoro Ngezi, Tavengwa Mukuhlani, is under fire after he allegedly lobbied for sanctions on Zimbabwe.
Mukuhlani heads the Zimbabwe Cricket Board that was suspended by the Zimbabwe Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).
The legislator reportedly went to the British capital and addressed the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board pleading the case of his administration. His travel followed a letter that his board had written to the ICC begging the council to suspend Zimbabwe over SRC’s actions.
Zimbabwe was then suspended, with a possibility that its membership would be terminated if the Cricket board is not unconditionally reinstated by 8 October this year. Speaking to Zim Morning Post, ZANU PF youth league boss, Pupurai Togarepi fumed:
It’s wrong, morally it’s wrong, politically it’s wrong, it’s wrong on all fronts.
You are a Zimbabwean first before you are anything else. It’s unforgiveable. There is nothing called targeted sanctions they affect your people. Sanctions don’t know who is wrong or correct everyone will suffer.
Norton Legislator (independent), Temba Mliswa also castigated Mukuhlani’s actions saying that they were bringing sport and the country into disrepute.
MDC secretary for elections, Jacob Mafume, said that Mukuhlani’s actions affected a lot of families. He added:
We have always said that Zanu PF are hypocrites and it is the highest hypocrisy that a Zanu PF can go to London and ask for sanctions against his country after pillaging cricket funds and he has the nerve to knee or even lie on their belly begging for a decision that affect scores of families and the future of cricket as we know it.
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