Disgruntled AAM executive committee faults MNCS


Dissolved Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) executive committee has taken a swipe at the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) of trying to run athletics in the country.

The committees president Godfrey Phiri, speaking for the first time since MNCS dissolved the athletics committee, said they will not relent because they were fighting for a good cause.

Phiri said Sports Council frustrated their efforts to amend the constitution for over three months.


“They kept pushing us back and making unnecessary delays. As an executive we are not fighting to remain in power but we want justice to prevail. Members should be voted out by following the constitution of AAM,” he said.

Phiri said he had returned from the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Region 5 AGM [annual general meeting] where 14 countries of the Southern Africa met.

“This Congress was graced by the continental father President of CAA General Kalkaba Malboum. One of the agenda items was that of Malawi athletics Association. It was reported by the secretariat that our National Council of Sports being an arm of government dissolved the athletics executive and all its structures and appointed the care taker committee.


“However, MNCS did not follow our constitution in dissolving the executive and its structures. On Article 21 of the constitution it states that AAM executive can only be dissolved by two thirds majority of legible voters at an AGM of AAM,” he said.

Phiri said they also presented evidence that Sports Council was running athletics competitions which is against provisions in MNCS Act. However, Sports Council Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise, speaking on Times Radio yesterday, said they were taking necessary steps to bring sanity to athletics.

“We will soon release a statement on steps undertaken to address these concerns. However, we will not allow some individuals to use the body as their personal entity,” he said.

MNCS dissolved AAM due to failure to amend the constitution and hold elections in time.

Recently, the dissolved committee indicated that Malawi would be barred from international competitions if Sports Council sticks to its decision.

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