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Haxon Chapasa resurfaces

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Former Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) general secretary (GS), Haxon Chapasa, has resurfaced after an eight-year hibernation to contest for this weekend’s polls in Salima.

Chapasa, who in 2008 lost to the incumbent GS Frank Chitembeya, has chosen to contest for the position of vice-president, where he will tussle with Northern Region Athletics’ Committee’s Chairperson, Emmanuel Mlonya.

“I intend to help the executive that will be elected to fulfil its mandate. I have many years of experience in the sport and I ask the delegates to trust me with their votes. I will work with whoever emerges victorious for the good of athletics in the country,” Chapasa said.

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He explained that he avoided contesting for the GS position because he did not want to pick personal grudges with Chitembeya having worked with him for many years.

Chitembeya’s opponent is Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) GS, Blackson Malamula.

Another interesting contest during the polls will be between Southern Region Athletics Committee’s Chairperson, Christopher Kabwazi, and his Central Region counterpart, John Mwathiwa.

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The two are battling for the position of vice-treasurer to deputise Ireen Luka who will run unopposed, just like Godfrey Phiri on the presidency.

Incumbent vice-president, Senti Banda, has interestingly opted to go for the position of vice-secretary to avoid Chapasa and Mulonya.

But he still has to beat Northern Region Athletics Committee’s Secretary, Thandi Mbeya.

Asked to state what would happen in the event that the regional chairmen all make it to their various positions at the polls, Chitembeya said the association will hold elections to fill the vacancies to be created.

Heads of the regional athletics committees and the national coach automatically become the association’s executive members.

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