With just two weeks to go before Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) goes to polls to elect office bearers, incumbent president Khungekile Matiya has disclosed that she will not seek re-election.
Matiya did not state reasons for her withdrawal from the contest in a statement that she issued on Tuesday.
“Before postponement of the elections in May 2021, I had expressed interest in contesting for the presidency and, indeed, I was nominated for the same. However, I have reconsidered my position and have decided not to contest in the upcoming elections scheduled for 7 August 2021,” the statement reads.
Matiya said she was grateful to stakeholders for their support throughout her term of office.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported my candidature and wished me well. I can only wish those who are contesting for various positions the best of luck. I will be available to assist the new executive committee in the transition if need be,” she said.
Chairperson for the body responsible for the polls, Justice Silvester Kalembera, said he was not aware of the development.
“I have not received anything from the candidate. Let me check with the secretariat if there is anything to that effect,” Kalembera said.
Matiya was expected to compete with former Nam treasurer Abigail Sheriff, now a parliamentarian, who was also nominated by Nam affiliates for the hot seat.
In May this year, Malawi National Council of Sports postponed the elections to pave the way for investigations into complaints of irregularities.
Sports Council then established an electoral body that Kalembera is heading to oversee administration of the polls.
Matiya, Sheriff and former Malawi National Netball Team captain Emmie Waya- Chongwe were nominated for the presidency while former Kukoma Diamonds general secretary Chimwemwe Bakali and Anastasia Kaphale are set to battle for the post of vice president.
Before the postponement, former Queens shooter Linda Magombo Munthali and ex- Blantyre and Districts Netball League top official Isaac Chimwala had registered interest in the post of general secretary.
Yamikani Khungwa- Kauma, Diana Nkhulembe and Vitumbiko Mwendemange- Gubuduza were nominated for the post of vice-general secretary.
The contest for the post of treasurer is expected to be a two-horse race between Tadala Billie and Agnes Chaima.