By Peter Fote & Mphatso Malidadi:
Be Forward Wanderers Board of Trustees Chairperson, Rashid Gaffar, has conceded that bouncers at the club appear to be more powerful to the extent of intimidating officials.
Gaffar was commenting on incidents of threats and shoving which led to aspirant for the post of General Secretary, Sylvester Luka, pulling out of the contest.
There were ugly scenes during the elections when bouncers dragged supporters who wanted to vote for Luka and placed them behind eventual winner Samuel Mponda.
Gaffar has since faulted the police for breakdown of security at the polls.
“It is really pathetic because these people [bouncers] even threaten to beat us. The problem is that we hired the police but they failed to control them,” he said.
Gaffar said the issue of bouncers bulldozing authorities at the club was long overdue and needed to be dealt with.
“We need to settle this otherwise it will not stop,” he said.
Nomads’ outgoing Chairperson Gift Mkandawire said they will institute an investigation into the matter.
“I can’t make a decision on my own as we need input from all stakeholders,” he said.
Meanwhile, some candidates for the forthcoming elections have called for tight security ahead of the main executive polls set for Sunday.
Wanderers Team Manager, Victor Maunde, who is vying for the seat of general secretary, said hired security personnel need to be alert to guard against violence.
“We need to tighten security so that elections should be free, fair and credible. If the police will be hired then they need to stamp their authority by letting delegates vote for their preferred candidate,” he said.
Former Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, who is also vying for the post of the general secretary, was yet to strategise on his security detail.