Minister of Sports Ulemu Msungama has offered hope to three senior Malawi National Council of Sports [MNCS] officials who have been working in acting capacity for over a year.
Msungama said he was puzzled that MNCS acting Executive Secretary Henry Mereka, acting Administration Manager Suzanne Mbejere and acting Accountant Shephord Boma are yet to be confirmed, having served in acting capacity for some time.
Msunguma was reacting to a proposal from Director of Sports Jameson Ndalama who requested the minister to consider confirming the trio’s contracts.
Meanwhile, Msungama said he was impressed with the projects which Sports Council is implementing including the Hockey Stadium situated adjacent to Kamuzu Stadium.
“I’m happy particularly with the news that you are constructing a hockey stadium. This is what the government is striving to achieve; creating equal opportunities to all sports disciplines and not football only,” the minister said during his familisation tour in Blantyre on Thursday.
The minister then advised the council to introduce a research department to scientifically help in sports development.
Speaking earlier on, Ndalama asked the minister to consider confirming the trio.
“Honourable minister the three are our top officials here but have been working on acting capacity for some time now. I am therefore requesting you to consider their permanent appointments,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mereka said the body was dedicated to sports development.
“We shall continue aiming at realising results and producing affiliates with winning mentality. We will also monitor that all the bodies are producing audited reports as per the requirement,” he said.
However, Mereka bemoaned lack of resources, saying it contributes to poor performance.
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.