Na Boniface Wambura
RAIS wa Shirikisho la Mpira wa Miguu Tanzania (TFF) amewataka wadau wa mchezo huo kuwa watulivu kwa vile tofauti zilizojitokeza kati ya Shirikisho na Serikali zitamalizwa kwa taratibu za mpira wa miguu.
Amesema nia ya TFF ni kuhakikisha Shirikisho la Kimataifa la Mpira wa Miguu (FIFA) haliifungii Tanzania kwani tayari Waziri wa Habari, Vijana, Utamaduni na Michezo, Dk. Fenella Mukangara alishaahidi kuwepo kikao kati yake na viongozi wa TFF kitakachofanyika Jumanne (Machi 19 mwaka huu).
“Suluhu itapatikana kwa mazungumzo kati ya Wizara na TFF. Naamini suala hili tutalimaliza baada ya kikao cha Machi 19 ambacho kimepangwa na Waziri kutokana na maombi ya TFF,” amesema Rais Tenga na kuongeza kuwa tatizo lilianzia kwenye mchakato wa uchaguzi ambao umesimamishwa na FIFA.
FIFA ilisimamisha Mkutano Mkuu wa uchaguzi baada ya baadhi ya wagombea walioenguliwa kulalamika, na yenyewe kuahidi kutuma ujumbe wa kushughulikia suala hilo.
Rais Tenga amesema lisingetokea tatizo hilo, TFF tayari ilishaitisha Mkutano Mkuu ambao ungefuatiwa na uchaguzi. Lakini kwa vile FIFA ndiyo iliyosimamisha mkutano huo, TFF inalazimika kusubiri hadi FIFA itakaposhughulikia suala hilo na kutoa maelekezo ikiwemo lini mkutano ufanyike.
Amesema kwa kuamini tatizo hilo litamalizwa ndani ndiyo maana TFF hadi sasa haijapeleka FIFA maagizo ya Waziri Dk. Fenella ya kutengua marekebisho ya Katiba ya TFF ya mwaka 2012, kuitisha Mkutano Mkuu wa marekebisho ya Katiba na Mkutano Mkuu wa Uchaguzi, kwani ingefanya hivyo Tanzania ingefungiwa mara moja.
TFF inasisitiza kuwa FIFA ilijua tatizo la Serikali kutoa maagizo kwake kupitia vyombo vya habari, hivyo kumuandikia Rais Tenga na kueleza msimamo wake iwapo itabainika kuwa Serikali imekuwa ikiingilia uendeshaji wa shughuli za mpira wa miguu.
Uhalali wa kuwepo kwa barua ya FIFA kwenda kwa Rais Tenga juu ya suala hilo ulihojiwa pia na mwandishi wa Reuters, Brian Homewood baada ya kusoma kupitia vyombo vya habari nchini kuwa Shirikisho hilo huenda likaifungia Tanzania ikibainika Serikali inaingilia shughuli za TFF. Mawasiliano kati ya FIFA na mwandishi huyo ambapo majibu yake pia TFF ilipewa nakala yameambatanishwa katika taarifa hii.
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From: Media Office (FIFA) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Brian Homewood <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 12 March 2013, 19:39
Subject: RE: tanzania
Thanks for your message.
We can confirm that FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke has sent a letter to the President of the Tanzanian Football Federation, Leodegar Tenga, concerning alleged governmental interference in the internal affairs of the TFF.
FIFA is in contact with the TFF President who is optimistic that the matter can be sorted out within TFF, FIFA and the Tanzanian authorities. Furthermore, we can confirm that FIFA is also planning to send a mission to assess the situation with regard to the electoral process as soon as the current matter of alleged interference has been clarified.
Tel.: +41-(0)43-222 7272 www.FIFA.com
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From: Brian Homewood [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Dienstag, 12. März 2013 10:19
To: Media Office (FIFA)
Are you able to comment on reports (below) that FIFA has sent a warning to Tanzania over government interference in the national football federation?
By Majuto Omary
The Citizen Reporter
Dar es Salaam. Fifa has threatened to suspend Tanzania from all international competitions if the tug-of-war between the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) and government does not end in a meaningful way. In a letter to the TFF, the world soccer governing body warned yesterday that it would not hesitate to impose a ban on the country if it confirms that the government interferes with the operations of the federation.
Fifa says there have been various reports of accusations by local media that the ministry of Information, Culture and Sports has interfered with the operations of the TFF.
The letter has quoted the minister responsible for sports, Fenella Mukangara, as saying that the government has urged the TFF to use the
2006 constitution in this year's election, while it 'has already been amended.'
"It has been reported that the TFF has been urged to organise the General Assembly and the elections by the date set by the government,"
reads the letter signed by Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke.
It further reads: "It is also said that government intends to establish an interim committee if the TFF fails to undertake the orders."
Fifa says if the accusations reported by the local media shall be established to be true, it means the government is interfering with the operations of TFF.
"We would like to remind all members of Fifa that they are required to conduct their activities freely without interference by another person as defined in Articles 13 and 17 of the Constitution of Fifa."
"So if these instructions issued by the government will be implemented, this issue will be taken to the top Fifa authorities for further action, including suspension of Tanzania as it becomes when there is a government intervention," says the letter.
A copy of the letter has been sent to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) reiterating some of the penalties that Tanzania will face if it is suspended.