Newly appointed Nyasa Big Bullets Vice President Fleetwood Haiya has moved to clarify issues surrounding elections for the team’s supporters committee.
The clarification comes two weeks after the club’s council chairperson Noel Lipipa urged the Board of Directors to call for the polls following expiry of the current committee’s four-year term of office.
Haiya said Bullets are now operating under the Companies Act and cannot go back to a constitution that was in use when the club was under trusteeship.
“We are now registered as a limited company and there is a board that has the final say on what happens at the club. We stopped operating under trusteeship constitution whereby the club was conducting national supporters’ polls.
“Bullets are a limited company and, under the Companies Act, there are no issues to do with elections. It is up to the board to appoint the supporters’ director. I would like to urge our supporters to forget about the trusteeship constitution, now that we are a limited company,” Haiya said.
He said, as far as the board is concerned, the Stone Mwamadi-led supporters’ committee is still within its mandate.
“The mandate of the current national supporters’ executive committee members and their coordinators is still valid. Regional and district committees also remain in place until the board decides otherwise.
“The time we were moving from trusteeship to the Companies Act was the moment when these committees should have stopped functioning. So, since that did not happen, we thought it wise to continue with these committees as they were already there. It will be up to the board to appoint the new officers,” Haiya said.
Late last year, Mwamadi and his committee announced that they would not seek re-election should Bullets organise polls.
This created room for aspirants such as Beleti Severe, Chingeni Gumbala and Anack Ngaya to register interest in succeeding Mwamadi.
The chairperson of Bullets’ supporters committee automatically qualifies to sit on the club’s Board of Directors.