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George Jana leaves Sports Council

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Ministry has decided against renewing the contract of Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) Executive Secretary George Jana, having served the government’s sports policy implementing arm in that capacity for 16 years and 29 in total.

He was hired as MNCS Executive Secretary in 2003 but his contract expired in 2015. Jana was still working without a contract.

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Jana, who joined the parastatal in 1989 as Technical Developmental Officer, Wednesday confirmed receipt of the letter from the government that his contract will not be renewed.

“Life goes on but I am leaving Sports Council with several unfinished projects such as Kamuzu Institute for Sports [renovations], preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games and others. But I am sure my successor will continue the projects,” he said, adding that the government did not specify the reasons for not renewing his contract.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Christina Mkutumula, Wednesday said MNCS Administration Manager, Henry Mereka, has replaced Jana in an interim capacity.

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Over 40 affiliate sports associations, including Football Association of Malawi (Fam), Netball Association of Malawi (Nam), Basketball Associations of Malawi and Volleyball Association of Malawi receive grants from the government through the council.

Fam General Secretary (GS), Alfred Gunda, whose association receives a lion’s share of the grants, reserved his comment on Jana’s exit from MNCS.

Nam GS, Carol Bapu, said they would miss Jana because of the role he played in conflict resolution in sports circles.

“Mr Jana made sure that Nam got funding from the government even when our allocation of funding had been exhausted. He was also key in resolving disputes, be it among Nam officials or with other stakeholders. We will miss his services but we are aware that the government has seen it fit to make changes,” Bapu said.

Jana also held positions such as African Union Sports Council vice chairperson in 2016.

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