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Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) Board has resolved to continue allowing politicians to serve in any sporting association of their choice.

MNCS Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise confirmed the development, saying they have left the status quo where politicians serve in sport bodies in accordance with their constitution.

“We met last week Thursday and unanimously agreed to leave things as they are up until MNCS decides to change some clauses governing sports in the country,” he said.

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Last week, Madise told this paper MNCS Board would discuss the issue of politicians serving in sports after some stakeholders inquired about it.

The development comes as a relief to former Nam treasurer Abigail Shariff, who is also a Member of Parliament for Zomba Likangala, and is expected to challenge incumbent Khungekile Matiya for the hot seat. Former Queens skipper Emmie Waya Chongwe is also expected to vie for the position.

Shariff said she was not surprised with council’s decision.

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The Nam constitution is clear; there are no clauses that bar politicians from contesting in the Nam elections. It is some overzealous people who were spreading what I call this rumour,” she said.

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