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Fam yet to report referee Arthur Chirimba’s case to ACB

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Egritta Ndala

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is yet to report suspended referee Arthur Chirimba’s match-fixing allegations to the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB).

On Thursday last week, Fam issued a press release stating that it would refer the allegations to ACB for investigations

However, ACB Senior Public Relations Officer Egritta Ndala said they had not received any complaint on the matter.

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Ndala said they only used media reports to generate a complaint on their own.

“We have noted that there is a need for more information on the matter. We are therefore calling upon those with relevant details to come forward so that we take necessary action.

“The end result of every investigation is not always arrests. Sometimes recommendations are made to institutions so that proper procedures are put in place and followed. That is how we work here,” Ndala said.

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Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda was not available to explain why they have not reported the matter to ACB as promised.

In its statement released last week, Fam said it was concerned with the allegations of corruption and match-fixing and condemned such malpractices, saying they are a threat to football’s integrity.

“Following the tip that has been made available, Fam is determined to get to the bottom of the matter by using appropriate channels. Corruption is criminal in nature and, therefore, Fam will refer the matter to ACB, which is the competent body with powers to investigate matters of this nature.

“In this regard, Fam will take advantage of the long-standing collaboration it has with ACB on corruption and match-fixing which dates back to 2012, to probe the matter. Fam further commits to ACB to provide all the necessary support to make the exercise successful,” the statement which Gunda signed reads.

However, football pundit George Kaudza-Masina doubted if Fam has all relevant facts to help ACB take up the matter.

“Fam is not an aggrieved party in this matter. At the same time, I don’t think they have all the facts to report the culprits. It has to be appreciated that rumours of match-fixing have always been there.

“I recall that, at some point, Wanderers lodged a complaint on the same but they were ignored. Fam has structures to deal with such cases and these have not been exhausted,” Masina said.

He said Fam should make good use of its legal bodies to come to the bottom of such allegations.

National Referees Association banned Chirimba for three years over match-fixing allegations.

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