The race for Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) executive positions is getting clear and bitter after the association’s former treasurer Abigail Shariff reportedly secured more nominations for the presidency ahead of incumbent Khungekile Matiya and aspirant Emmie Waya-Chongwe.
Sources indicated that Shariff, who is also Member of Parliament for Zomba nominations, with Matiya and Waya-Chongwe collecting not more than six nominations. Likangala, has collected over 15
“At the moment Shariff is leading in terms of nominations. Of course, a nomination does not mean it is an outright vote,” said the source.
According to the source, former Kukoma Diamonds general secretary Chimwemwe Bakali and Anna Antonio Kaphale have received nominations for the vice presidency.
Former Malawi National Netball Team shooter Linda Magombo and ex-Diamonds official Isaac Chimwala will likely battle for the post of general secretary, having been nominated.
Diana Nkhulambe, Yamikani Kauma and Vitumbiko Mwandemange Gubuduza have been nominated for the position of vice secretary.
Agnes Chaima is the only candidate nominated for the post of treasurer whereas Chauncy Munthali and former Queens player Cecilia Mtukule have been nominated for post of vice treasurer.
Nam General Secretary Carol Bapu declined to comment on the nominations, saying the process was underway.
“We will release the full list of nominated candidates once we finalise the process this week,” she said.
However, Waya said she was contemplating withdrawing from the race because the process has been compromised and corrupted.
“I have received information that people were meeting in Blantyre on Saturday finalising the nomination process. I also have information that two officials in the Nam executive who will not contest have joined forces with one of the candidates. As it is, I might withdraw as the process has been compromised. In short, the process is not fair as it has been corrupted,” she said.
Matiya could not be reached on her phones while Shariff, despite granting an interview to our reporter on a separate story, did not pick our calls.