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Athletics body suspends General Secretary

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Henry Mereka

Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) has suspended General Secretary Frank Chitembeya on several grounds including abuse of office.

In a letter which The Daily Times has seen, AAM executive committee passed a vote of no confidence in him during a meeting held on Saturday, March 13 2021.

“The grounds of your suspension include; open defiance and blatant disregard to AAM working rules and regulations and its constitution. Working unilaterally without consulting the executive committee on critical issues affecting the corporate integrity of the association

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“Usurping the role of technical committee on athletes selection to international events,” reads part of the letter which AAM President Godfrey Phiri has signed.

In addition, Chitembeya is also accused of refusing to harmonise world athletics list of activities funded by the world body.

Chitembeya has been ordered to surrender all documents to the association’s president upon receiving the letter.

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However, Chitembeya said he was yet to receive the letter claiming he was busy with other engagements.

“I do not want to comment much on the matter but this is uncalled for,” he said.

The letter has been addressed to Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) and Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc).

Sports Council acting Executive Secretary Henry Mereka confirmed receipt of the letter from the athletics body.

“We, as Sports Council, hope they will resolve the matter as soon as possible in the best interest of the sport,” he said.

Recently, the association was involved in a verbal war with Sports Council over mandate over Blantyre City marathon.

Last year, an internal audit report for 2017- 18, exposed financial mismanagement at the athletics body.

About K50 million was unaccounted for.

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