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Cracks at Nam?

DIVIDED THEY FALL— Bapu

Some sport analysts have blamed Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) officials for what they call plotting own downfall during Malawi Olympics Committee (Moc) polls at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge on Saturday.

Nam president, Khungekile Matiya, General Secretary, Carol Bapu and the association’s former boss, Rosy Chinunda, were contesting for executive positions but they all failed as Andrew Mkwezalamba and Ousborne Banda won.

The development has thrown the association into disrepute for lack of team work.

Sports analyst, George Chiusiwa, said it was not surprising that Nam officials lost at Moc elective annual general meeting.

“The leadership at Nam has not been strategic on important issues such as the body’s vision and long term goal to the extent that the association can’t be taken seriously. The netball association is also failing to uniformly stamp its authority over its regional netball affiliates, hence it has failed to garner the appropriate national level support at forums like the Malawi Olympic Committee. A national representative institution like Nam members cannot work in isolation,” he said.

Chiusiwa said Nam has lost a voice as it has no representative.

“That Nam officials have all failed at the Moc polls means that the body’s voice has been lost effectively. By all means Nam can’t operate without a meaningful voice at platforms like the Malawi Olympic Committee,” he said.

Chiusiwa feared the development can affect Nam’s operations as the leaders have shown that they were working independently.

“Again, this clear lack of team work and internal supports at Nam is inimical to its effective operations,” he said.

Chiusiwa called for Malawi National Council of Sports intervention.

“But all is not lost since the Malawi National Council of Sports is mandated to handle some of these institutional lapses and defects at the national sports associations. The Sports Council should move in quickly to address these organisational challenges at our sports associations. The problems are not endemic to Nam alone, as many other associations have these institutional deficiencies. Netball is one of Malawi’s celebrated sport s and we can’t afford to have a Nam that is working in this environment,” he said.

Another sport analyst, George Kaudza-Masina, who is former Football Association of Malawi Acting General Secretary, said Nam officials have lost a plot and they had demonstrated the highest order of selfishness.

“This is likely to affect their operations and it has demonstrated a lack of trust amongthemselves. All of them accepting nominations was the biggest mistake which led to their downfall at the elective conference,” he said.

Masina said Nam officials must do some soul searching for the sake of the sport.

“As such, they need to reflect their decisions and start afresh if they are to be trusted by their affiliates, otherwise, resigning will be the best way for the good of our game, netball,” he said.

On Saturday Matiya told our sister paper, the Malawi News, that she made her intentions clear to Nam executive to consider nominating her.

“As far as I am concerned I made it clear to fellow executive members that I wanted to contest at Moc. Then I asked them to nominate me. I was also surprised that another official had been nominated,” she said.

Matiya said she was not bothered with Bapu’s candidature saying everyone was free to contest.

“I have risen above mere netball politics. Everyone can contest because it is their right,” he said.

Bapu could not be reached to comment.

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