Nyasa Big Bullets Board of Trustees Chairperson, James Busile, has stepped down from his post, saying it was time for others to serve the People’s Team.
Some quarters in Bullets have linked Busile’s resignation to the cracks that have emerged among the trustees.
Busile has resigned two days after a meeting involving supporters and the trustees over the weekend in Lilongwe agreed to hold Executive Committee elections on March 18 and also scrap off Treasurer and General Secretary’s positions.
Before the meeting, other trustees were against the elections, saying it was better to hire permanent qualified staff to drive the team’s commercialisation drive and fulfill Club Licensing System requirement.
However, Busile said he made the decision to quit long time ago and it was the trustees General Secretary, Jim Kalua, who persuaded him to stay put.
“My decision has nothing to do with whatever was agreed. I failed to travel to Lilongwe due to a funeral otherwise they had my blessings. I have been in the board for many years. It is time for others to serve the team,” he said.
Kalua was not readily available for a comment yesterday. The board’s Vice-General Secretary, Victor Msowoya, said he was in the dark about Busile’s resignation.
Meanwhile, former Bullets Supporters Committee treasurer, Bruce Tambwali, has said fans were mobilising themselves to seek legal action aimed at stopping the elections.
It is not clear as in what capacity is Tambwali pursuing the matter.
“In my observations, the recent Lilongwe meeting between BB Trustees and Supporters Committee’s representatives alone did not have the powers to change anything from what we agreed at Nyasa Bullets FC AGM [Annual General Meeting) in Zomba on February 4 2017,” he said, adding that the commercialisation requires time before being implemented.
Former Bullets general secretary, Harold Fote, said they were mobilising themselves to stop Bullets from going into what he claimed were wrong hands.
Former Bullets chairperson, Kondie Msungama, who is also interested in challenging the incumbent Chairperson, Noel Lipipa, said the constitution has been raped
“If the playing field has not been levelled yet, then I am afraid I will not because standing in such circumstances it shall mean that I will just be a rubber stamp. I would like to serve Bullets with passion and freedom,” Msungama explained.
The current structure of local club is outdated and unprofessional. Elsewhere it is only shareholders who elect board members who in turn hire a team’s management staff. The management team then hires technicians such as coaches. Such clubs have clear legal ownership and run like companies.