Big Bullets, Wanderers still waiting for buses
Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers are following up with relevant government officials on President Peter Mutharika’s bus donation.
Mutharika announced that he would give a bus each to the two bitter rivals during the launching ceremony of the construction of the two teams stadiums at Nyambadwe in Blantyre on Saturday.
However, five days have elapsed and the two teams are still waiting.
Both Wanderers General Secretary Victor Maunde and Bullets Chief Administrator Albert Chigoga asked for more time, saying they needed to consult.
Maunde said he was yet to receive communication on the delivery of their bus.
“Let me check with my fellow officials. Just give me some time and I will come back to you,” Maunde said.
On his part, Chigoga said he was also waiting for communication from relevant authorities on the matter.
“I am yet to be told whether the bus has been delivered or not. I am not sure if there is any communication on the bus at our club,” Chigoga said.
Efforts to speak to Mutharika’s spokesperson, Mgeme Kalilani, proved futile as he was not picking up his mobile phone.
Football analyst Higger Mkandawire urged Bullets and Wanderers not to be carried with the pledge.
“The president might have made the pledge to gain political mileage. The two clubs should not count on this pledge until they see the buses. We cannot be sure whether the president was speaking as a politician or not.
“Was he making the pledge as an individual or as a head of state? That is the question which must be answered by the two clubs. If they do not have answers, it is better that they should just carry on with their day-to-day operations,” Mkandawire said.
Bullets and Wanderers have millions of supporters across the country and have been benefitting from politicians for many years.
Former presidents Bakili Muluzi, Bingu wa Mutharika and Joyce Banda have also helped the crowd pullers in various forms during their terms of office.