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Council to discuss politicians in sports

Sunduzwayo Madise

Jappie Mhango

The future of politicians holding positions in local sport bodies is under threat as Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) Board is expected to deliberate on the issue and pass a resolution before this week ends.

MNCS Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise confirmed the development, saying some stakeholders had been inquiring into the issue.

“We are having a council meeting this week and the issue of politicians in sports associations will be discussed. We will discuss whether politicians should be allowed to hold positions [in sporting associations]. We will just have a discussion around that and make a resolution because we have been receiving queries,” he said.

The development comes as Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) is expected to hold its elective annual general meeting at Livingstonia Beach in Salima District.

Apparently, former Nam treasurer Abigail Shariff, who is also Member of Parliament for Zomba Likangala, is contemplating to challenge incumbent Khungekile Matiya for the hot seat. Former Queens skipper Emmie Waya Chongwe is also expected to vie for the position.

However, Madise insisted that the discussions did not target anyone, arguing that the MNCS Board was independent.

“The decision will be made by the board and for the good of sport. The point is that we have a professional board that will discuss the issue and come up with a resolution. The board will make a proper decision and I trust that members will make a decision based on what they think is good for sports in Malawi,” he said.

Shariff could not comment as she was attending a meeting.

Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) President Jappie Mhango, who is also legislator for Rumphi North and former Minister of Health, is also involved in sports.

Mhango, a former Volleyball Association of Malawi chief, could not be stopped from joining sports as the body’s constitution did not bar such individuals.

“Everyone has freedom of association besides the constitution did not bar [anyone from contesting],” he is quoted as saying.

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