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Former Big Bullets chair backs no polls

Former Nyasa Big Bullets chairperson, Malinda Chinyama, has backed the idea to cancel the team’s executive committee elections.

The elections were slated for February, with plans that they would be held simultaneously with those of the supporters’ committee.

Chinyama, who is a Bullets trustee speaking in his personal capacity, said he did not see the relevance of the committee as it just increases the team’s cost since it is serves as a duplication of roles.

“We set up a commercialisaton committee and we are moving forward with the club licensing idea which suggested that we should have a secretariat. So, if we go ahead and conduct the executive [committee] elections, what will be the use of the secretariat? Elections do not exist when you are going commercial,” Chinyama said.

He said those who wish to be part of the elections should join the supporters committee, which is set to hold elections.

Meanwhile, supporter’s Chairperson, Stone Mwamadi, has insisted that the team would hold both elections as per Bullets’ constitution.

“We are geared to conduct the elections, beginning with the supporters’ committee and, then, the executive [committee] unless the Board of Trustees amends the constitution. It will be like we are against the authorities, but we are following the right procedure and we will politely ask them to follow the procedure as we did in 2014 when supporters held elections. You know that, all along, we were denied the opportunity to hold elections until we approached them and they gave us the go ahead,” Mwamadi said.

Initially, the team announced that it would hold two elections, before entertaining a change of mind.

“The commercialisation committee gave their recommendations to the Board of Trustees when it was discovered that the committee would just be losing funds,” Chinyama added.

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