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TO BE AT THE HELM—Mhango

The battle of Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) top officials for Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) executive positions has raised eyebrows.

Both Nam President Khungekile Matiya and General Secretary Carol Bapu seek executive post at Moc where two out of eight aspirants will be elected.

Interestingly, former Nam President, Rosy Chinunda, is among aspirants for Moc executive posts ahead of today’s elections set for Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi.

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Matiya said she made her interest clear to Nam executive to consider nominating her.

“As far as I am concerned I made it clear to fellow executive members that I wanted to contest at Moc. Then I asked them to nominate me. I was also surprised that another official had been nominated,” she said.

Matiya said she was not bothered with Bapu’s candidature saying everyone was free to contest.

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“I have risen above mere netball politics. Everyone can contest because it is their right,” he said.

Bapu could not be reached for a comment.

However, Chinunda said she was surprised that the current Nam executive did not support her.

“Anyway everyone is entitled to do what they want. I can’t fault them and the delegates will decide on who to vote for,” she said.

Meanwhile, former Malawi national netball captain Emmie Waya-Chongwe said the recent development exposed cracks in Nam executive.

“At least they were supposed to discuss and agree on who should stand. This clearly shows that everyone in the executive is working independently. For the sake of netball only one candidate was supposed to contest. Sadly they have also failed to support former president [Rosy Chinunda] who is also interested to contest. Yet she paved way for the current president to win polls at Nam,” she said.

Another battle will emerge when Kenneth Dzekedzeke and Yona Wailesi will fight for athlete representative post.

However, Moc Secretary General Jappie Mhango is set to be elected President unopposed after outgoing President, Oscar Kanjala withdrew his candidature.

Flora Mwandira will also retain the vice Presidency post unopposed.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Technical Director, John Kaputa will be elected Secretary General unopposed whereas Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) General Secretary Frank Chitembeya will also be elected Vice Secretary unopposed.

Similarly, Moc Treasurer General Henry Sakala will retain the seat unopposed.

Meanwhile, Moc Administration Manager, Naomi Chinatu, said precautions against coronavirus will be taken.

“For instance the number of delegates has also been limited to avoid overcrowding the space. We are complying with all health precautions,” she said.

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