Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) nine affiliates are keeping under wraps identities of delegates they will dispatch to the December 14 elective annual general meeting (AGM) in Mangochi District, an indication that there is a lot at stake in the polls.
Former Fam acting GS, George Kaudza Masina, has since described the selection process of the delegates as lacking transparency as it is usually dictated by the chairperson of each affiliate.
The Daily Times spoke to representatives of National Coaches Association (NCA), Northern Region Football Association (NRFA), Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) and National Referees Association (NRA) who all indicated that they are yet to identify the actual delegates in respect of their respective voting quotas.
Most of the affiliates did not seem to have a harmonised way of selecting the delegates with some saying it was up to their chairperson to decide while others said they would vote to decide the electorates.
SRFA, NRFA will, alongside Central Region Football Association (CRFA), send six delegates each to the AGM, eight will come from Super League of Malawi, two each from NCA, NRA, Beach Soccer Association, National Youth Football Association and National Women Football Association.
SRFA Chairperson, Raphael Humba, said they would choose its six delegates from the list of 11 members whose names the association has sent to Fam Electoral Committee.
“What people should know is that apart from the chairperson, Treasurer [Christopher Kuyera] and General Secretary [GS] [Dyles Kachala], we choose the rest of the delegates based on rotation looking at who did not represent us in the previous election,” he said.
NRFA GS, Masiya Nyasulu, yesterday said they would identify the actual delegates by November 29 2019 cut-off point for the exercise.
“We are still within the guidelines so there is no need to panic. We look at factors such as past attendance when coming up with names of the delegates,” Nyasulu said.
NCA GS, Dave Mpima, echoed similar remarks, saying: “We have submitted five names [Mpima, Vice- Chairperson Alex Ngwira, Executive Committee member Maggie Chombo- Sadiki, Treasurer Dingaan Nhlane] as possible delegates plus the chairperson [Stuart Mbolembole] who will make the final decision on who else will represent us at the AGM.”
Mpima said it was a standard practices to send more names for delegates before choosing the actual number so as to have options in case some are unable to go to the AGM.
NRA GS, Chris Kalichero, also said Fam statutes grant the affiliates an opportunity to nominate any time before the deadline.
“We will do a secret ballot and the ones with the most votes will go to the AGM,” he said.
Fam Electoral Committee Chairperson Justice, Sylvester Kalembera, said, according to the statutes, affiliates can submit the final list of the delegates 72 hours before the AGM.
He was referring to Article 26 and 27 of the statutes.
It reads: “members shall send names of their delegates to the General Assembly by registered mail and must be received by the General Secretary at least 15 days before the General Assembly.
“The member must then confirm the final names of the delegates at least 72 hours before the General Assembly. Delegates must be in possession of a valid identification which must be presented to the General Secretary for purposes of accreditation to the General Assembly. Members exercise their voting rights through their delegates. Each delegate has a single vote and may not represent more than one member. Only delegates present are entitled to vote. Voting by proxy or letter is prohibited.”
However, Kaudza Masina has since described the selection process of the delegates as lacking transparency.
“The chairman can decide on his own who is going and mostly, the choice by the chairman is dependent on which camp he is and who you are supporting. Worse still, the names are only disclosed two days before the AGM which makes it impossible for the aggrieved party to voice out [concerns] and be heard. Everything is wrong with the way these things are handled,” Kaunda Masina said.
The talking point for the elections is the race between Fam president Walter Nyamilandu, who is vying for a fifth four-year term of office, and first vice-president James Mwenda whereas Jabbar Alide and Daudi Mtanthiko are gunning for the first vice-presidency.
Othaniel Hara (incumbent second vice president) and Lameck Khonje are jostling for second vice-presidency. Nyasulu, Felister Dossi, Chimango Munthali, Muhammad Selemani, Davis Sado, Christopher Kuyera and Rashid Ntelela will race for board membership.