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Consultative meeting curtailed, member associations want expenditure report

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) 2021 budget consultative meeting held in Lilongwe on Saturday was curtailed after some member associations demanded a full report on last year’s expenditures.

The meeting, which lasted less than three hours, started at around 10am before it was curtailed after lunch.

Details indicate that the majority of the member associations were reluctant to give their input before the report of 2020 budget expenditures forcing Fam First Vice President Jabbar Alide to curtail the meeting to another date.

In the 2021 proposed budget, the association has allocated K2.8 billion for its activities and operations between January and June this year.

Some member associations were reportedly unhappy with the allocations of Luwinga Project in Mzuzu.

The association has been allocating funds to the project for the past three years. In 2020, the Luwinga project was allocated K70 million, K10 million for furniture and K5 million for kitchen equipment. Luwinga has been allocated K100 million this year.

Allocations for some of projects such as upgrading of Mpira Village and MDC were also questioned during the meeting.

This means the member associations are also expected to meet again and spend more resources on the same.

Fam Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka confirmed that the meeting was curtailed after some concerns from the member associations.

“The meeting started well in the morning, but it was curtailed in the afternoon after some of the member associations highlighted some key issues,” he said.

After the consultative process, the proposed budget will also go to Executive Committee for further scrutiny before the approval at the annual general meeting (AGM).

In an interview yesterday, Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) Chairperson Raphael Humba said majority of the member associations were of the view that the association first present a report on last year’s expenditures.

“Most of us thought that it would be important for the meeting to start making contributions to the proposed budget after we know how the association used the money in the budget which was approved last year,” he said.

Sports analyst George Kaudza- Masina said it was a wake-up call to Fam.

“I have to commend the member associations for demonstrating seriousness. Previously, they were just approving anything without proper scrutiny. Going forward, Fam should make sure that all expenditures are included before the consultative meeting,” he added.

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