Frank Chitembeya justifies doubling
Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) General Secretary (GS), Frank Chitembeya, has said he does not expect issues of conflict of interest to affect his performance at Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) where he was elected Vice General Secretary recently.
Chitembeya was one of the officials who were elected unopposed during the polls which ushered in a new committee for one of the country’s most influential sports bodies.
Others who made it to the top hierarchy are Jappie Mhango who was voted President with Flora Mwandira as his deputy.
John Kaputa was elected general secretary while Henry Sakala retained his position as treasurer.
Coincidentally, Mhango, Mwandira, Kaputa and Sakala are presidents of their respective associations unlike Chitembeya whose AAM position is more demanding.
Mhango heads Volleyball Association of Malawi while Mwandira is Table Tennis Association of Malawi boss.
Kaputa is Handball Association of Malawi president with Sakala being the top man at Archery Association of Malawi.
But Chitembeya said he is comfortable with serving the two organisations as their activities do not happen at the same time.
“The two positions will be complementing each other. It is just a question of dividing my time between Moc and AAM. I have been in sports administration long enough to do the right things at the right time,” he said.
Chitembeya said he would see through his tenure at AAM as their constitution is silent on doubling roles in different sports bodies.
“My AAM position is like a parliamentary one while the Moc post can be likened to a ministerial one. Athletics is the constituency that has helped me to get a position at Moc. Anyone who wants to become an office bearer at Moc must come from an association,” he said.