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Big Bullets trustees fall apart over polls

Confusion and divisions have emerged among Nyasa Big Bullets’ Board of Trustees over issues surrounding the forthcoming elections for the People’s Team’s main Executive Committee.

The rift has emerged after most of the trustees distanced themselves from the remarks which the trustees’ Chairperson, James Busile, made during the annual general meeting (AGM) at Gymkhana Club in Zomba last Saturday.

Busile openly challenged the decision by fellow trustees and called for the elections. He opposed the proposal that hired administrators should be running the team.

Some trustees, including Secretary, Jim Kalua, have since threatened to boycott the electoral process.

The confusion comes hot on the heels of Bullets’ sponsor, Nyasa Manufacturing Company, calls to suspend the elections in preference of hired staff to run the team as a business entity.

Kalua said he would not take part in the electoral process because he was in the dark.

“I have no idea that Bullets will hold elections so the trustees’ chairperson [Busile] is better placed to comment on the matter,” he said.

When contacted, Busile could not state when the team will hold the elections. He referred Malawi News to Kalua.

“There is nothing like divisions. I have spoken to Kalua and he will be the one responsible for running the elections,” he said.

However, Kalua in another interview insisted that he was blank on the matter.

“The AGM was supposed to pass this resolution which I think did not happen. However, we will meet to map the way forward as we cannot be going back and forth. Since I represent the Board of Trustees, I cannot make an independent decision and will only come back once we meet as a board,” he said.

Kalua has been backed by fellow trustees such as Gregory Madeya, Malinda Chinyama and Ruth Chenda Mkandawire.

Mkandawire said it was agreed that only the Supporters’ Committee should hold the elections.

“Of course, I am not an official spokesperson for the trustees. I am speaking in my own capacity having attended a meeting where we agreed that there is no need to hold elections for the main executive. We don’t want elections because some people want to come and reap from the team,” she said.

Former Bullets’ chairperson, Chinyama, who is also a trustee and Head of Commercialisation in the team, said elections were not necessary.

“There will be duplication of roles because the team will hire qualified staff to do similar roles. I don’t think that any sane or sober minded person could have undermined the rest of trustees by calling for elections without the input of fellow trustees,” he said.

The trustees’ vice-General Secretary, Victor Msowoya, said it was agreed that a detailed plan should be developed to allow the team to attract investors including Nyasa.

“During the extra-ordinary general meeting, it was agreed that we should set up a task force to oversee constitutional amendments as well as developing the best methodology to commercialise the team instead of the elections,” he said.

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