By Isaac Salima
A legal battle is brewing between Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Finance and Administration Director Christopher Mdolo and football analyst Kim Kamau over a WhatsApp message.
Kamau posted a message on a Voice of Livingstonia (VOL) WhatsApp group, alleging that Mdolo had included personal items in a container shipment of Fam’s furniture from China.
The message read: “Container yomwe inabwera ndi katundu wa Fam, Mdolo anayikamo katundu wake wa kunyumba plus anawomolamonso $20,000’. (The container used for transporting Fam’s furniture had Mdolo’s personal items and he also got $20,000 from the transaction).
The statement has not gone down well with Mdolo who, through his lawyer Patrick Mpaka of Destone Legal Practitioners and Company, wrote Kamau, demanding that he retracts it, apologises and pays damages for the ‘false and malicious’ allegations.
“These remarks are unfounded and false. In fact, the said statement signifies that our client is of dubious character and questionable integrity. The remarks have since been commented on and presumably shared by various members of VOL Sports.
“We therefore ask that you issue a public apology and retract the statement that you said against him and do so in a manner agreeable to our client and indicate the measure of compensation you are prepared to offer to make good the reputation damage you have occasioned. Failure to comply with the mentioned demands within three days of your receipt of this letter, we have instructions to institute legal proceedings against you,” the letter reads.
But in his written response, Kamau has said he will not retract his remarks.
“You may wish to know that Mr Christopher Mdolo hired a group of mercenaries to physically assault me because of the many analytical comments that I make with regard to top issues at Football Association of Malawi. Should this matter proceed in court, I have full evidence to testify on the purported assault,” the letter reads.
Kamau further claimed that he doubted the procurement transaction at Fam regarding furniture from China.
The Lilongwe-based analyst said he has since instructed his lawyers to seek a court order to allow an independent audit on the said procurement and also a lifestyle audit on Mdolo.