By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
A grouping of some concerned football stakeholders has called on individuals vying for the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) presidency and vice presidency to come out in the open ahead of the polls slated for December.
Addressing journalists in Lilongwe on Wednesday, the grouping, led by former Malawi national football legend Peterkins Kayira and former Fam General Secretary Charles Nyirenda, said for the polls to be free and fair, all aspiring candidates needed to come out in the open.
Nyirenda said the group had no particular interest in specific candidates but only wanted to ensure that affiliates voted for the best.
“We are supporting any candidate whose interest is to develop football but our major focus is on positions of president and vice president. We want them to come out in the open as soon as possible. We know that some are in hiding but are interested. Let them declare their interest so that affiliates choose the best,” Nyirenda said.
So far, James Mwenda, Alufeyo Chipanga and Moses Mkandawire have declared their interest to contest for the Fam presidency.
Incumbent President Walter Nyamilandu is yet to declare whether he would contest or not.
However, Nyamilandu has been meeting affliates recently, raising speculation that he could be garnering support for a fourth term.
The Fam boss is on record to have said that he was not under pressure to declare his position on the elections. Nyamilandu has been at the hell of Fam for 14 years.
The grouping also claimed that some people have started giving handouts to affiliates and threatened to report the matter to the Anti Corruption Bureau.
Fam executive committee members Daud Mthatiko and Jabbar Alide are eyeing the first vice presidency whereas Othaniel Hara and Lameck Khonje have declared interest for the position of second vice president.
Rashid Ntelera, Pikawo Ngalamila, Masiya Nyasulu, Mohammed Selemani and Felistus Dossi are some of people who have expressed interest to contest for executive member positions.