Be Forward Wanderers have threatened to seek legal action against Luso Television over their alleged reluctance to pay K1.2 million for the repair of a bus which the Nomads won in the recent Bus Ipite Bonanza.
Wanderers’ General Secretary, Mike Butao, issued the warning through an e-mail, dated January 25 2017, addressed to Luso TV owner Kendall Kamwendo, Station Manager Dick Juma and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Alfred Gunda.
“Our clubs were used by Luso TV to make over K70 million gross for the bonanza organisers on what now seems to be the false premise that the winner would get a running bus,” wrote Butao whose side defeated Nyasa Big Bullets 5-1 over two legs to win the bus.
“We were worthy winners but we are now feeling used and cheated by the organisers. We have waited long enough and if this bus is not handed over to us by the end of Sunday, we will seek legal redress.”
The GS also questioned the sharing of gate proceeds from the two legs, saying there was no transparency.
“I also want to draw your attention to the Bus Ipite contract which stipulated that each club will get 10 percent of proceeds from promotions and the computation of the proceeds will be transparent to all stakeholders. You were and still are the referees/ enforcers of these agreements and we wish to be availed with the details of the proceeds by the network providers as was agreed,” Butao added.
Wanderers have made the demands despite that Fam has called for a meeting in Blantyre tomorrow to iron out the misunderstandings on the bus and, indeed, future bonanzas.
However, Butao insisted that they expect Friday’s meeting to advise them on nothing short of the day of the handover of the bus and the proceeds from the game.
In a reply to Butao’s e-mail, Fam Marketing and Commercial Director, Limbani Matola, pleaded with Luso to respond to Wanderers’ query.
“Our expectation is that you will proceed to service the invoices promptly, thereafter a formal handover ceremony will follow which will later give space for transfer of ownership,” Matola wrote to the Luso officials.
Juma had not responded to The Daily Times’ questionnaire as we went to press yesterday. Wednesday’s edition of The Nation newspaper quoted Juma as assuring that he would explain the matter to the clubs tomorrow.
The bus developed a fault when Wanderers were driving it from Lilongwe to Blantyre.
The bus is parked at Nissan Malawi offices in Blantyre where it was repaired. Luso TV claim that the bus was taken to Nissan without the station’s consent.
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