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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Gift Mkandawire

Be Forward Wanderers Executive Committee has agreed to slap the club’s underfire General Secretary (GS) Mike Butao with an indefinite suspension for allegedly misappropriating K124 million in airtime dealership with TNM.

The development follows an outcry from a section of Wanderers’ supporters who have been calling for Butao’s resignation.

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Sources said the Executive Committee resolved to suspend Butao until the issue was resolved.

However, the sources disclosed that Butao was yet to be served with a suspension letter as it was being drafted.

Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, could neither confirm nor deny Butao’s suspension.

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“All I can say is that there is an action that is being done. At the moment, he [Butao] is not active. He is not within the team. That is all I can say,” said Mkandawire, who did not want to take more questions.

Butao has been on a Sabbatical since the allegations were levelled at him.

Wanderers Supporters Committee GS, Sam Mponda, asked the committee to speed up Butao’s suspension to enable the club to run smoothly.

“As supporters, we are determined to get to the bottom of it. The GS should be served with a suspension letter and the main Executive Committee should also work hard to reclaim the money it lost through the deal. This is what the supporters executive and supporters want,” he said.

Butao, who could not be reached for a comment, is being accused of siphoning money from the airtime dealership.

Wanderers hierarchy, including Trustees Chairperson Rashid Gaffar, First Vice- Chairperson Allan Chuma and Vice Secretary Chris Kananji, also, confirmed that Mkandawire was the only responsible official to comment on Butao’s issue.

Wanderers signed the dealership agreement with TNM in 2014 and, since that time, had been buying airtime worth K110 million hoping to resale the same to an accumulated total sum of K124 million but the club has never accessed the money.

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