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Jappie Mhango faces Oscar Kanjala

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MHANGO—I am humbled

Battle lines for Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) executive positions have been drawn with outgoing Secretary General Jappie Mhango up against incumbent President Oscar Kanjala for the presidency.

Nominations window was closed on Saturday ahead of the poll slated for Mangochi District on March 28.

Sources said parliamentarian, Mhango, has received an overwhelming response after collecting 12 nominations as opposed to Kanjala’s one.

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Moc Administration Manager, Naomi Chinatu, could not confirm the actual number of nominations but said the two were expected to face off for the hot seat.

“We received all the nominations by Saturday and now the list has been presented to our judicial commission for review. Successful candidates will contest with others being barred if they fail to meet the requirements. Among others, the commission verifies if nominations have been made by associations as opposed to individuals,” According to sources, incumbent Vice-President, Flora Mwandira, is expected to go unopposed.

In a battle for Moc Secretary General post, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Director, John Kaputa, who is the current Moc Vice-Secretary General, will face Volleyball Association of Malawi (Vam) General Secretary, Jailosi Nkhoma.

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Three nominations have been made for the post of Vice- Secretary General with Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) General Secretary, Frank Chitembeya, Cycling Federation of Malawi (CFM) President Andrew Mkwezalamba and Table Tennis Association of Malawi (TTAM) General Secretary William Nyirenda vying for the seat.

Currently, Archery Association of Malawi President Henry Sakala has been nominated for the post of Treasurer.

Meanwhile, some associations confirmed to have nominated Mhango. Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) President, Pyson Likagwa, Chitembeya, Canoeing Association of Malawi General Secretary, Willy Kumilambe, Nyirenda of TTAM and Malawi Handball Association (Maha) General Secretary, Dennis Kumwenda said they settled for Mhango because he has proven to be a good leader.

Mhango, who has been holding different ministerial positions, said he was humbled with the response.

“I am surprised and at the same time humbled. I can’t turn down the wishes of the affiliates. It shows that they have confidence in my leadership skills,” said Mhango who is also Vam President.

Kanjala welcomed Mhango’s candidature saying the constitution entitled everyone to contest.

“Every person is free to contest. I am not surprised and we will see what happens,” he said. Ironically, Mhango once acted as Moc President following the death of the then President Floriano Massah in 2010.

However, Kanjala, who had lost to Massah during the elections earlier, was then incorporated back into the system by taking over the presidency.

He has been Moc’s president since 2011.

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