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Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) affiliates have expressed discontentment with their leaders for failing to involve them in crucial decisions.

The concerns come ahead of an elective general assembly scheduled for Salima District, where new office bearers will be ushered into office.

Terms of office for the association’s incumbent leaders expire early next month.

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Nam President Khungekile Matiya is expected to face competition from former Nam treasurer Abigail Sharrif and former Malawi National Netball Team goal shooter Emmie Waya-Chongwe for the post.

Northern Region Netball Committee Chairperson Chancy Munthali said they wanted change because the current Nam leadership sidelined them for the entire four years of its reign.

“We want change because we were not being involved in the day-to-day running of Nam. We were not being considered as part of Nam’s executive committee. It was only late last year, during the Covid pandemic, when we were engaged on some decisions regarding the game. Otherwise we were not being regarded as part of Nam,” Munthali said.

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Her Central Region counterpart Fanwell Katengeza also expressed dissatisfaction with Nam’s alleged failure to engage them in crucial decisions.

“The last time I was ever consulted in a Nam process was when Malawi Olympic Committee and Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) called us up for a meeting with the top Nam brass. On their own, Nam officials would not have called us. It is against this background that we want change in the leadership,” Katengeza said.

Eastern Region Netball Committee Chairperson Magret Maluwa shared similar sentiments.

“Would you believe that our president came to my area and convened a meeting at Mvuu Camp without even informing me? She never bothered to invite me despite being part of the Nam executive. I can challenge you we have not been part of the executive as the Nam constitution stipulates. People want change,” Maluwa said.

However, Matiya described the complaints as lies.

“These are mere claims, mere allegations. We have not been sidelining our regional bodies. It is under my leadership that for the first time we have a constitution at Nam. The regional affiliates have for the first time been involved in the designing of nomination forms. So what sort of involvement are they talking about? Yes we might have been late in starting to involve them because it was the norm at Nam. Ask them if at all my predecessors were involving them,” Matiya said.

MNCS appointed an independent body chaired by High Court Judge Silvester Kalembera to handle the Nam elections following an aspirant’s complaint last month on handling of the nomination process.

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