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Nam needs to put house in order

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That Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has not produced its annual financial reports for six years is very worrying and the response from its president Rose Chinunda that stakeholders should not despair is not assuring at all.

Nam says it does not have funds to hold an extraordinary annual general meeting (EGM) it was supposed to hold six years ago to present the report that was first rejected at the 2013 AGM.

Chinunda’s response that they are still preparing the report is worrisome. Does it mean they need extra funds just to prepare the report? Can they have it ready and distribute it to the stakeholders if there is no money to hold an AGM?

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If Nam failed to hold that EGM in 2013, why hasn’t there been an AGM since then? Is it still about lack of funds? When Nam budgets for their programmes using the Airtel Money funding, doesn’t it include an AGM to present the financial reports of how the funds have been disbursed?

It is being reported that three players, Beatrice Mpinganjira, Cecilia Mtukule and Tina Kamzati did not report for national duties yet they were budgeted for even though they were not replaced.

This is where a financial report is supposed to be presented to clear out such rumour mongering. It is also understood that some affiliates are failing to voice out their concerns over this lack of transparency for fear of reprisals — that’s a very sad development.

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People affiliated to any organisation such as Nam, should never feel intimidated to voice out their concerns. It shows that Nam wields too much power and the rest are just supposed to follow the leaders. That’s not healthy in any management, especially and elected management.

Nam has a case to answer to any queries from the affiliates. Nam should plan well for all its programmes and that can only be done if financial reports are prepared. At the beginning of each season, Nam is supposed to prepare its financial plan and budget which should be followed to the book.

If Nam had such a financial plan and budget that was followed prudently, it could not have failed to participate at the Africa Netball Championship in Botswana. This is because there is no financial plan.

I think the Nam officials just wait until the last minute believing that some good Samaritan will come to their rescue. This now brings a question of; isn’t the funding from Airtel catering for the Queens’ international engagements?

This is worrying development from Nam and that’s the more reasons why the Queens are now second fiddle to their arch rivals South Africa, who are revelling in the fact that they have beaten their nemesis for six consecutive times — one of them here at home in the Africa Netball Championship.

The Queens are supposed to be the pride of this country in as far as sports is concerned following the poor run of the Flames. The Queens attract the attention of the world netball giants such as Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica and we should strive to make our team as glamorous as possible by making sure they participate at each and every tournament they are meant to be at.

Please Nam, get your house in order and make netball as glamorous as it is supposed to be so that it can continue to court more stakeholders to assist the sport.

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