ACB on SRFA’s neck


The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Tuesday stopped Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) from holding its elective annual general meeting in Mangochi on Saturday, November 15.

ACB Director General Reyneck Matemba confirmed the development, saying this follows complaints from some of SRFA’s affiliates who had misgivings with the nomination process.

The development comes after ACB also stopped Central Region Football Association (CRFA) from proceeding with its elective assembly on similar grounds.


Matemba said SRFA’s complaints were more than CRFA’s grievances.

“It is true that we have written them [SRFA officials] restraining them from holding elective annual general meeting. This is like we did with Central Region Football Association.

“In fact, we have received a lot of complaints from this region [SRFA], who have taken a step after learning what happened in the Central Region,” he said.


Matemba said ACB was not interfering in football matters but was investigating issues according to complaints raised.

He said, even though it was difficult to set a timeframe for the case as, at times, one line of investigation can lead to another, ACB planned to conclude the cases before December 31 this year.

“We will try our best to conclude our investigations as soon as possible,” Matemba said.

He further said the complaints revolved around issues of nomination and ghost candidates or delegates.

“I can’t go into details because I might jeopardize the investigations,” he said.

Matemba also justified ACB’s involvement in football matters, arguing that Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and its affiliates used tax-payers money.

“I have heard reports that Fifa will sanction Malawi because of our investigations. If Fifa is going to punish us because we are investigating football bodies to stop them from fraud and corruption, let them do so. But it is important to clear the mess in our country. ACB is not the government but an independent organisation,” he said.

SRFA Chairperson Raphael Humba said they were yet to receive the restraint order but promised to cooperate.

“We are only hearing this through the social media. Maybe we will get the letter tomorrow. We don’t know really what they are investigating.

“However, as law abiding citizens we will cooperate and let ACB investigate freely because we are hopeful that we will be cleared,” he said.

Football analyst George Chiusiwa said ACB’s action was not surprising, considering reports of irregularities that rocked the nomination process in the three regional football associations.

“Common sense would tell us that the polls in all the three associations, including NFRA, ought to be stopped to pave the way for effective investigations into the alleged corrupt acts and irregularities. The SRFA leadership is strongly associated with, and linked to, the clandestine political games and electioneering by Fam, which is believed to be fueling the problems at its affiliated bodies.

“Therefore, it makes sense to investigate the electoral processes at SRFA since it is inconceivable for the entire executive committee to go unopposed at the forthcoming elective general assembly. Thus the complaints may be justifiable and reasonable. Again, in the interest of football justice and fairness as well as credibility and legitimacy of the prospective office bearers, there is need to thoroughly investigate the matter,” he said.

Chiusiwa said, for a long time, Malawi football had been riddled with criminal elements that have not been dealt with.

“ACB should be commended for the action as it provides an opportunity for stakeholders to take part in sanitisation of the country’s game in terms of observance of corporate governance principles and values,” he said.

Following the restraint order, Northern Region Football Association remains the only body that will likely elect its executive committee unopposed on Saturday.

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