Nyasa Big Bullets are fast turning into a sinking ship without a captain. Confusion is the order of the day in the People’s Team as the remaining trustees resigned enmasse on Tuesday.
Board of Trustees General Secretary, Jim Kalua, who was considered the backbone of the board, Malinda Chinyama, Victor Msowoya and legal advisor, Gaston Mwenelupembe, jumped the sinking football titanic.
Msowoya confirmed that other trustees Mary Chenda Mkandawire and Peter Chasweka were also writing resignation letters. Another trustee Fred Kwacha was also reportedly about to leave the stage.
The latest resignations come after the trustees Chairperson, James Bussiley and member Gregory Madeya, also announced their resignations due to, according to sources, the ongoing disagreements with the Supporters Committee.
With the board gone and its Executive Committee dissolved during an annual general meeting held in Zomba recently, the giants are crippled.
Executive Committee Chairperson, Noel Lipipa, is holding fort while waiting for elections scheduled for March 18.
However, the Supporters Committee, which is the source of the confusion, has no mandate to host Executive Committee elections.
According to Article 13 of the team’s constitution, the trustees shall be responsible for conducting elections of the Executive Committee and the Supporters Committee.
In the event of a vacancy in the board of trustees, the Executive Committee in conjunction with the board of trustees shall recommend a replacement to the annual general meeting for approval.
Kalua on Tuesday said he was fed up with the stand-off with fans who have u-turned on the resolution agreed in Lilongwe last Saturday that the positions of General Secretary and Treasurer be removed from the Executive and hire full-time secretariat staff to speed up the commercialisation drive.
“I do not want to be part of mediocrity. Few individuals who do not want this team to run in the modern way are pulling in different directions. It is affecting my work, business and studies,” explained Kalua who served for five years as a trustee and three years in the Executive Committee.
“I do not want to be part of individuals delaying preparations for the new season as Bullets is the team of my heart. Bullets should put visionary leaders. Special thanks to Mr Bussiley and fellow trustees as we have had difficult situations during our time. Special thanks to Sam Chilunga and the current sponsor.”
He added: “My stand remains that the team should be commercialised for a better future. Should the team destabilise, supporters at least, will know who to hold accountable.”
Mwenelupembe on Tuesday also confirmed throwing in the towel.
“I do not want [to be] part of this mess. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers so I have resigned because I love the team. If we continue fighting, the team will suffer. Let us put the interest of the team first then personal interests,” Mwenelupembe said.
Malinda also confirmed that time had come for him to resign for the, good of the team.
“Things were getting worse day by day so let the supporters continue, running the team. Some supporters think that we are blocking them,” he said.
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