Over 30 irate bodybuilders and weightlifters have petitioned Malawi National Council of Sports, calling for the dissolution of Weightlifting and Bodybuilding of Malawi (Wabam).
The athletes have petitioned the Sports Council following the cancellation of Wabam’s annual general meeting (AGM) that was scheduled for August 31 2019 at Sports Council offices in Blantyre.
“We, the undersigned athletes, bodybuilders and weightlifters, would like to submit our complaints on how the association has been running over the past years and request you to use your inherent powers as provided [for] in Article 16 of the constitution to invoke section 16 (1) of the Constitution of Wabam to dissolve the association,” the letter, dated September 17 2019, reads.
The athletes accuse Wabam of breaching the constitution by overstaying in office beyond their mandated four-year term.
“Firstly, we would like to inform you that contrary to Article 5.7 of the constitution, which stipulates that the board of Wabam, its regional committees as well as district committees shall hold office for a period of four years, the current board of the association has been in office for more than 10 years.
“This is a serious breach of the constitution and a total disregard of the supreme law that is supposed to guide the very association that they are supposed to serve. As such we request that, in the interest of fairness of the game, the association should be dissolved,” the letter adds.
The letter also states that the executive has been failing to hold AGM’s on the sidelines of national championships as stated in Article 7.2 of the association’s constitution.
“As athletes, we have noted that there has never been an AGM since the current leadership entered into office contrary to the dictates of the constitution. As such, we would want the association to be dissolved for failure to observe and respect its own constitution,” the letter reads.
Sports Council acting Executive Secretary, Henry Mereka, said they were yet to discuss the petition.
“Of course, we have received it and are looking at it against their constitution before we make our determination on the matter,” he said.
Two weeks ago, Wabam Vice President Kelvin Saeluzika said they were set to exit the association but wanted procedures to be followed.