Wilson Manase is the current boss of Zimbabwe Cricket and prominent business personality. He was previously deputy to Peter Chingoka who was at the helm of Zim cricket for 22 years and Manase deputised him for four years. Apart from his business interests, Manase is also a lawyer by profession. Manase is the chairperson of local precast concrete engineering firm Hume Pipe Company, the sole manufacturer of precast concrete products in Zimbabwe.
- LLB Hons
Manase is a senior partner and managing director at Manase and Manase Legal practitioners. He also occupies the following posts:
- Chairman of Hume Pipe Industries
- Chairman of Metropolitan Bank
- Platinum Haulage chairman
- Chairman of Liquor Licensing Board
Manase also has a number of legal publications which include The Law of Co-operatives In Zimbabwe , Legal Assistance and Education In Zimbabwe's Rural areas and Law and Ethics in Journalism . He has been a Public Prosecutor with Ministry of Justice and National Director of Legal Resources Foundation .
Scandals and Controversies
Manase has been implicated in a number of scandals. While he was still deputising Chingoka, he was co accused of having mismanaged usd 6 million which had been given to Zimbabwe Cricket by the International Cricket Council, by investing it in a bank on whose board they sat. The money was said to have been part of a usd 9 million loan meant to service the debt Zim cricket had with various local banks. It is said that one of the key conditions attached to the loan stipulated that Zim Cricket would use the funds to pay off its existing debt but Manase, Peter Chingoka and Ozias Bvute went on to invest $6 million in a non-interest bearing account at Metbank. He was also implicated in a dubious land deal involving Ignatius Chombo in which the two were accused of having misappropriated council land which had been initially set aside for peri urban development. It was however not verified whether the transaction between Chombo and Manase was above board considering that Manase is the personal lawyer of Chombo.
The US$750k lawsuit
After having been implicated in an insurance scam involving Air Zimbabwe, Manase sued Alpha Media Holdings US$750 000, publishers of NewsDay, for alleged defamation over the same issue. Apart from demanding a payment for defamatory charges, Manase was also said to have demanded a retraction too. Obert Mawadze of Manase and Manase law firm argued that
after reading the article one is left thinking that a viewer from the terraces would conclude that our client was part of a corrupt web which wanted to milk the airline. Alternatively, a bystander could conclude that people mentioned in the article had orchestrated the arrest of ‘corrupt’ individuals at Air Zimbabwe for no apparent reason, but in a calculated attempt to remove them and have them out of way for their own benefit since they were impediments to their vested interests.
The basis for the lawsuit according Manase's attorneys was that the article had been published without any real efforts to verify the facts and that there was no need to include Metbank, Manase and Manase Legal Practitioners and Zimbabwe Cricket in the article.
Manase as Zim Cricket Boss
Manase has been making several changes which are meant to revamp Zimbabwe cricket and restore sanity. One of they key moves made by Manase during his tenure as Zim Cricket boss was appointing World Cup winning coach Dave Whatmore to take over coaching of the national side. The move was taken following a string of poor performances under the guidance of Mangongo. Manase noted that there was a lot that his administration needed to do to bring back Zimbabwe cricket to its former glory days. He was quoted as having said
The new board faces a number of challenges; we need to improve a number of areas which include development, we need reorganisation of the administration of the game and we need to look at the marketing and financing of the game which has been poor mainly because of the unwritten sanctions imposed on the game.
- Mr.Wilson Tatenda Manase, Premier Insurance Brokers, Retrieved: January 7, 2015
- Nomalanga Moyo Zim Cricket bosses in $6 million loan scandal, Nehanda Radio, Published: Mar 4 2014, Retrieved: January 7, 2015
- Zimbabwean minister Ignatius Chombo has been implicated in another scandal involving land and this time his lawyer is part of it, Mail and Guardian, Published: 24 May 2013, Retrieved: January y, 2015
- NewsDay slapped with US$750k lawsuit, Nehanda Radio, Published: Mar 21 2014, Retrieved: January 7, 2014
- Kevin Mapasure Zimbabwe Cricket: Chingoka retires, Manase takes over, The Independent, Published: July 25, 2014, Retrieved: January 6, 2014