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Beach Soccer Association rebuffs Fam order

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By Bernard Mhone:

Beach Soccer Association (BSA) has defied a Football Association of Malawi (Fam) order to hold elections on July 20.

Fam ordered BSA to hold an elective general assembly and issued a 20-day ultimatum following the expiry of the current committee’s tenure of office some two years ago.

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A letter dated July 2 and signed by BSA President, Kondwani Gondwe, states that Fam overstepped its mandate by ordering them to hold the elective meeting within 21 days from June 4.

“We hold the strong view that the order was wrong and ignored the clear provisions of the Fam statutes and happenings of the Beach Soccer Association. Article 16 (1) (b) of the Fam statutes places an obligation on a member association to ensure the proper and democratic election or appointment of its decision making bodies.

“It is thus surprising that you directed the Beach Soccer Association to hold an elective meeting; we are of the considered view that Fam overstepped its mandate. There is nothing in the Fam statute that mandates Fam Executive Committee to dissolve member association committees. Article 21 of the Fam statutes gives the right to member associations to manage their affairs independently without influence from third parties. We therefore would like to appeal against your decision to hold an elective meeting,” reads part of the letter.

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The letter also states that BSA had a meeting on August 5 2018 in Salima where delegates resolved that the current committee should serve another four-year term until 2022, as stated in Article 21 (2) of the Fam statutes.

The article states that members’ bodies shall either be elected or appointed.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, asked for more time before commenting on the matter.

However, a letter that Fam wrote on June 17 2020 stated that the 2018 meeting was not an elective assembly.

BSA affiliates’ Chairperson, Wakisa Mwambetania, said it was shocking to note that their executive committee is clinging to power despite expiry of their tenure of office.

“It is clear that this committee is simply clinging to power. Their mandate expired a long time ago and the honourable thing they have to do is organise elections. If they really want to continue running the association, let them seek the constitutional mandate of their affiliates. As affiliates, we do not recognise the 2018 general assembly which they are referring to. They know that whatever they agreed to do was not procedural,” Mwambetania said.

BSA has five affiliates namely Karonga, Chintheche, Nkhotakota, Southern Region and Central Region beach soccer associations.

On May 23, the affiliates petitioned Fam to dissolve the body’s executive committee within 21 days, arguing that its tenure of office had expired two years ago.

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