Some Central Region Football Association (CRFA) members have faulted Football Association of Malawi (Fam)’s decision to extend the mandate of its three regional affiliates.
CRFA has accused Fam of violating some sections of its constitution and members are demanding immediate reversal.
“We feel that Fam executive did not critically look at Articles 21.1, 21.2,21.3 and 21.4 of Fam Statutes that clearly stipulate the independence of its members and their bodies. Article 2l.l clearly stipulates that each member shall manage its affairs independently and with no influence from third parties,” reads part of the letter which CRFA Vice
Chairperson Simeon Lijenje and Executive Member Owen Munthali have signed.
In a letter dated 2 February 2021 and addressed to Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda, the members feel that Fam could have advised CRFA Executive to call for an Extra Ordinary General Meeting and its two thirds majority could have decided on the future of the region.
“This is in respect to Article 19.1 of CRFA Statutes that empower the General Assembly to make valid decisions when two thirds majority of the members who are entitled to vote are represented without prejudice. We strongly feel that Fam Executive overstepped its mandate by wrongly applying Articles 16 (D, E ) and 75 that are in conflict with Article 21 of the Fam Statutes,” read the letter.
Fam Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka said they were yet to receive the petition and would act accordingly once they do.
“We just saw the letter on social media and we believe it has also been sent to Fam through the general secretary’s office,” he said.
Fam executive meeting sitting at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi on January 12 extended the mandate of all the three regional affiliates following the expiry of their term.
The three bodies are being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on allegations of anomalies during the nomination process.
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