Former Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) Executive Secretary George Jana is leaving the Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) secretariat having served three terms.
Jana, who is the body’s Vice Chairperson, is ineligible to contest for a post during elections alongside his Chairperson DR Vetumbuavi Veii of Namibia.
AUSC will go to polls on November 27 to choose a new leadership.
Jana said he was bowing out of AUSC with fond memories having served in several portfolios.
“I have to bow out having served my three terms of four years each in the position of vice chairman. Prior to that I had also served as Chairperson for the Finance and Marketing Committee from 1998 prior to which from 1994 I was committee member of the same committee,” he said.
Jana said serving in the Region (AUSC) was a privilege after introducing a number of programmes to develop sports.
“It satisfying serve in the 10 member country region interacting with top sport personnel of the region body including ministers. It was during the time of my service that we were able to introduce the Region 5 Youth Games, the Podium Performance Program, the Regional Marathon, the Women Leadership Course, the Regional Sport Awards and many other programs that have and will continue to assist further development of sport and its management in the Region. It was a very interesting, challenging and satisfying period of my career life,” he said.
AUSC Region 5 Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Mutoya said they will hold elections as the organisation respects the tenets of good governance.
“AUSC Region 5 has had its elections in accordance with its foundation documents with religious consistency. This was one of the reasons AUSC Region 5 has distinguished itself as a respectable organisation in Africa and globally. The Secretariat is a critical organ of the current Region 5 structure as it is responsible for causing effect to the decisions of the Council of Ministers and the Executive Committee,” Mutoya said.