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INDEPENDENT Norton MP and former Dynamos fitness trainer Themba Mliswa has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to fire the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kirsty Coventry, and replace her with her deputy Tino Machakaire.
According to Pindula News, Mliswa said Coventry has failed to promote the development of sports in the country since she was appointed minister in 2018 and should therefore be relieved of her duties.
Mliswa warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa that his desire to be more inclusive (Coventry is a young white female), will backfire.
He posted on Twitter:
President ED has tried to be inclusive but those who have failed to perform should be removed. In politics you can't be nice to the detriment of your own power.— Hon. Temba P. Mliswa (@TembaMliswa) January 16, 2022
Any sports leader should be able to consult those in the know about certain sports& I have vast knowledge in rugby such that anyone who wants to be successful in that area needs to consult me. I have produced some great players such as Tonderai Chivhanga.— Hon. Temba P. Mliswa (@TembaMliswa) January 16, 2022
It's not that I want anything, no. I just want to see us being succeeding. However, we have arrogant administrators who have elite backgrounds&feel they know it all. Yet they can't connect with areas such as Mbare, Highfields, rural areas etc so how do you expect sport to grow?— Hon. Temba P. Mliswa (@TembaMliswa) January 16, 2022
It's better that the Ministry be reshuffled and Tino Machakaire is made the Minister. Kirsty has only used the position to get herself an IOC seat which isn't beneficial to the country.— Hon. Temba P. Mliswa (@TembaMliswa) January 16, 2022