Confusion surrounding Mighty Wanderers took a new twist on Sunday when the team’s fans claimed to have dissolved the board following infighting and bickering among members.
However, through a letter which was released later at night, the supporters asked some board members to step down, contrary to interviews they gave to Times Radio earlier on.
“We would like to call upon those that are not happy to serve Wanderers in whatever capacity to exercise his/her right to resign from the club before the Supporters Executive Committee decides to dismiss them as members. The board has leadership that must be respected [and] provide direction,” reads part of the letter which has been signed by the main supporters committee chairperson Dines Chitsulo and regional chairpersons and secretaries general.
“As supporters, we are aware that the term of office for those that were elected in the management expired last season. We are surprised to hear and learn that some members are calling themselves as position holders of that defunct management team. We advise such individuals to stop speaking to the media in their unknown capacity before we dismiss such members,” it adds.
Wanderers Supporters Committee General Secretary Peter Mvalo said they unanimously agreed to force some board members to step down if they do not serve the interest of the club.
“We had a two-day meeting in Blantyre where all the regional leaders from North, Centre, South and the Eastern regions were in attendance. It transpired that all the bickering that has led to divisions in the board is a result of some irresponsible board members.
“They are trying to frustrate sponsorship efforts by Dr Thom Mpinganjira who has remained positive in assisting the team financially. We are, once again, appealing to these people to leave Wanderers alone,” he said.
Mvalo also said some management officials, including the team’s Legal Adviser Chancy Gondwe, resigned in October last year; as such, they do not have powers to administer the team.
Currently, Mvalo said they recognise five board members, who are head of departments, to continue serving the club and they include President Office Committee spokesperson Clement Stambuli, Jack Kamwendo, Mervis Mangulenje and Chris Gondwe.
This means that directors such as Gondwe, Adellaide Migogo, Ernest Mandala, Limbani Magomero, ministers Ulemu Chilapondwa, Timothy Mtambo are no longer recognised in the new set-up.
Meanwhile, Gondwe has brushed off the supporters move saying they do not have the mandate to fire board members.
“According to Section 169(2) of the Companies Act, a director can only be removed through or by a special resolution passed at a meeting called by the purpose that includes the removal of the directors,” Gondwe said.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.