Bosso treasurer resigns

Source: The Herald – Breaking news.

Bosso treasurer resigns

Ricky Zililo, in BULAWAYO

BUSANI Mthombeni, who quit his position as the Highlanders Football Club treasurer on Tuesday, says he walks away from the Bulawayo giants proud after selflessly serving the institution for over a year.

Mthombeni left the Bosso family shell-shocked when he tendered his resignation after presenting the club’s 2023 budget at a joint executive and board meeting that ran into midnight on Tuesday at the club’s Robert Mugabe Way offices.

The South African-based Mthombeni cited personal reasons as well as opportunities he will be pursuing for stepping down as the head of finance.

Mthombeni quit less than a month after presenting 2022 financial statements that the auditors gave an adverse opinion on.

In an interview with Chronicle Sport, the outgoing Bosso treasurer said contrary to what has been circulating on social media platforms, he wasn’t forced out of the club but stepped down to give maximum concentration to interests that have since arisen.

“This allegation (that he was forced to resign) is unfounded. Since there is no financial mismanagement or any acts that are not clean in the club, why would there be any reference to a forced resignation?” asked Mthombeni.

“I am not leaving the club. I will always be with this club.

“It was an honour serving the club out of love and not duty, the satisfaction that comes with sacrificing time and resources for something you love and belong to. Keeping the club away from debt, partaking in club projects that will be a legacy at the club e.g. clubhouse, Europe trip and mining are some of the highs I enjoyed during my tenure,” Mthombeni said.

He cherishes being part of the group that led Bosso to back-to-back Independence Cup victories in 2022 and 2023 as well as the club’s good start to the 2023 season where they are second on the table with 22 points from 12 matches, one point behind leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars.

On the lows during his 15 months as Bosso treasurer, Mthombeni who won the Highlanders treasurer’s position at elections held in February 2022 after polling 140 votes against Xolani Moyo’s 112, said: “Delays in the finalisation of the audited financials based on various reasons was an aching low.

“The environment of polarity and factionalism within our members.”

Mthombeni, a clergy at Brethren In Christ Church, used to shuttle between Johannesburg and Bulawayo for Highlanders business with ease, he said in the interview.

“There was never a problem as I spent most of my time in Zimbabwe to fulfil my duties at the club. This is something I was well prepared for before my assuming office.

“Club business is a frequent activity and my presence to attend to club business was never an issue. In the technology village we live in, Bulawayo does not only become the only location from which one can serve the club. All instances requiring my presence in Bulawayo were served fully.

“We need to dispel the notion that business can and should only be conducted through physical presence. My other business ventures have fully fledged procedures that kept functioning,” said Mthombeni.

He thanked stakeholders for committing to Highlanders and development of football even in these trying economic times.

In his parting words, Mthombeni said: “The club needs to embrace unity in our diversity. The levels of factionalism currently persisting in the club will never give our organisation a fair chance to heal and move forward. 

“Members should embrace and support the leadership entirely, not only those that they want to or can control.

Meanwhile, the club, through board chairman Luke Mnkandla confirmed Mthombeni’s resignation and wished him well.

“The club treasurer Mr Busani Mthombeni has resigned. He tendered his resignation on Tuesday. In his letter, Mr Mthombeni cited personal reasons for stepping down as opportunities that demand more of his attention have risen. We wish him well in his future endeavours,” Mnkandla said.