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‘Nam’ your term limit

Queried over office tenure

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Khuungekile Matiya

Divisions have rocked Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) over term limits ahead of polls expected in March next year.

Article 24.3 of Nam constitution states that a person can serve a maximum of two terms of four years each which means some members in the current administration will not be eligible to contest.

“Elected committee members shall be elected in accordance with this constitution for a term of four years, and not more than two consecutive terms which shall commence from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which the election occurred until the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting in the fourth year where elections are held,” reads part of t he constitution.

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However, some Nam top brass are planning to amend the constitution during next year’s AGM to suit their interests.

As it stands, three top Nam officials; namely General Secretary Carol Bapu, vice president, Chimwemwe Kachingwe and vice General Secretary Brian Gausi will not be allowed to retain their seats having served two maximum terms.

But the trio is eligible to contest for other positions including Nam presidency as the constitution is silent. For Bapu, she can contest for the position of Nam presidency or vice presidency whereas Kachingwe can challenge for the top seat as wel l.

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But Bapu refused to comment on the matter yesterday whereas Gausi said he was yet to make a decision.

“At the moment, it is too early and I have not made my decision,” Gausi said.

Incumbent Nam president Khungekile Matiya said she was undecided whether to seek re-election in Mar ch.

“I will be able to comment on this issue later but for now just know that Nam is going to polls in March next year,” she said.

Interestingly, Matiya and Bapu squared off for a Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) executive committee post in March but they all lost.

Matiya was elected as Nam president in 2017 replacing Rosy Chinunda.

Meanwhile, Malawi national netball team is expected to regroup soon in preparation for three friendly matches against South Africa in Rustenburg from November 23-30.

Queens players and officials will undergo five-day quarantine in Johannesburg before the games. Currently, the national team players have started light training in their respective regions.

The friendly matches against South Africa will be crucial as they will be used for rankings. Malawi are on position six in the world and second in Africa. South Africa are Africa’s best.

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