Highlanders and its members are headed for a collision course following the club’s executive resolution to levy its registered members $5 per month to put the Bulawayo giant back on its feet financially.
The Highlanders’ membership is divided over the payment of the levy with the majority saying the decision violated the club’s constitution.
A life member, who refused to be identified, said the payment of the levy was unconstitutional as the resolution was passed at the extra-ordinary general meeting which did not constitute a quorum.
The life member said the whole idea by the Themba Ndlela-led executive was cheap politicking.
“There are actually a number of issues that must be looked at. That resolution is not binding because there was no quorum at the EGM.
It is not acceptable. If they want money, they should do it the right way.
“The idea was driven by one person. There were less than 100 members at that EGM and they did not make a quorum. It is cheap politicking to try and control the membership.
If this passes and we go on to pass a vote of no confidence on some people, we do not want to see any constitutional matters being raised. I am not paying a cent,” the member said.
The club is believed to have more than 4 000 members.
Bosso yesterday flighted an advertisement in the media asking registered members to pay a monthly levy of $5, failure to which the unpaid dues would be debited on their accounts.
Read part of the advert: “Members of Highlanders Football Club met and deliberated on the club’s financial position and specifically its continued existence.
Funding of the club has been a major setback in its development and has impacted negatively on its ability to perform on the field of play.
“Debts have mounted and some cases have been taken to the courts. With the aforesaid members passed the following resolution: All registered club members will as from July 1 2010 be required to pay a levy of $5 per month. All unpaid levies will accrue on each member’s account and will remain due until paid.”
Another member, who also requested anonymity agreed with the first member saying the matter was unconstitutional and put him in debt after non-payment would mean that he is removed from the club.
“This would be tantamount to dismembering me from the club, which is a breach of the constitution,” the other member said.
Cosmas Zulu, a former Highlanders player and coach said he was in agreement with the resolution, which was adopted by the club members at the EGM held on July 11.
“We agreed to pay during the meeting and tomorrow I am going to pay. That was the resolution of the EGM and whoever says the meeting did not constitute a quorum is mistaken.
They were not there and if they were not there, how do they know how many members were present at the meeting,” Zulu said.
Ndlela said there was nothing unconstitutional about the levies and referred this reporter to the Highlanders constitution.
The chairman said there was nothing amiss about the quorum issue as Bosso has operated without it for the last 15 years all its EGMs and AGMs.
“There is nothing unconstitutional about getting members to pay levies. We have met and resolved issues when there was no quorum.
The quorum has not operated for the past 15 years and if anyone feels not obligated, it’s their free will,” Ndlela said.
Article 6.2 of the Highlanders’ constitution states: “The executive committee shall have the discretion to levy any further monies where it is expedient and reasonable to do so in the interest of the club.”
And Article 17.1-5 says: “Extra ordinary general meetings shall be held at any time to discuss any urgent matter. Members shall be entitled to at least 7 (seven) days notice of such meeting, to which shall be attached an agenda for the meeting.