State President Peter Mutharika has asked for a documented report of Be Forward Wanderers’ debt before deciding on how to help.
Wanderers are struggling with debts amounting to about K79 million despite enjoying sound sponsorship from Japanese second hand motor vehicle dealer, Be Forward.
In a desperate attempt to save the situation, the Nomads’ General Secretary Victor Maunde asked Mutharika for a bailout during the launching ceremony of construction of their stadium at Nyambadwe ground in Blantyre recently.
A good portion of the debt emanates from Wanderers’ participation in the 2018 Caf Champions League.
Speaking during the ceremony in response to the plea, Mutharika only said he would think over the issue.
State House Press Officer, Mgeme Kalirani, said the president was still waiting for a detailed report on the debt.
“The president’s word remains that he will think over the matter as he said during the launching ceremony of stadium construction. I would advise Wanderers to put the request in writing, explaining how the debt came about. They should also shed light on how the debt reached K79 million and who they owe,” Kalirani said.
However, Maunde said they submitted the report and relevant authorities were aware of its contents.
“We wrote the president and copied the Minister of Finance Joseph Mwanamveka and Minister of Sports Francis Phiso. We also copied the Ministry of Sports and Malawi National Council of Sports.
“The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Mr Simwaka, even acknowledged receipt of the letter which had all the details of the debt. So all we are waiting for is the President’s response,” Maunde said.
Efforts to speak to Phiso proved futile as his mobile phone could not be reached.
The government will construct a stadium each for Wanderers and their bitter rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets, in line with Mutharika’s pledge during a campaign rally last year.
The President has since fulfilled his pledge to buy a bus each for the two crowdpullers.
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