TNM Super League side Savenda Chitipa United has written Minister of Sports Francis Phiso, asking for help in sourcing K2.5 million kwacha balance for clearing the team’s bus which is stuck at Songwe border in Karonga District.
The letter is dated May 12 2020 and has been copied to the Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports.
Chitipa have raised K4 million out of the required K6.5 million which has to be paid to Malawi Revenue Authority for the bus to be released.
“We would like to update you that our task force managed to raise K4 million and we have a balance of K2.5 million kwacha to have the bus cleared from Songwe boarder.
Raising the remaining amount has proven to be a mammoth task following the Covid-19 pandemic. We therefore write to seek your assistance as per your advice in one of our conversations,” reads part of the letter signed by the team’s General Secretary, Duma Ngoma.
Phiso told The Daily Times on Saturday that Chitipa must write his office.
“I advise them to write us officially as a ministry. I will forward the letter to the Ministry of Finance for consideration. That is the norm,” Phiso said.
The 30-sitter bus arrived in the country on January 15 but Chitipa have failed to collect it for use due to their failure to pay duty.
This has been the case despite their several fund raising activities.
The team’s buy-a-bus task force General Secretary, Pickford Kamanga, said they were yet to get help after knocking at the doors of relevant stakeholders.
“We engaged Malawi National Council of Sports through Football Association of Malawi to help us get a waiver but nothing worked out. We then resorted to fund raising and we managed to get K4 million. But our pockets are now dry. We have done our best and we are asking for mercy from the government,” Kamanga said.
Chitipa have been struggling to play their games across the country as they do not have a home ground within the district.
This means they play all their Super League games away as their nearest match venue is Karonga Stadium which is over 100 kilometres from Chitipa boma.
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