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Sports Council stops Nam polls

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Carol Bapu

Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has postponed Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) polls that were slated for Livingstonia Beach in Salima District on Saturday.

In a letter addressed to Nam, Sports Council acting Executive Secretary Henry Mereka said the elections have been postponed after they received complaints that the nomination process was marred by irregularities.

Following the postponement, MNCS will also guide Nam regarding the process of nomination, new date for the indaba and ensure that the elections are held within two months.

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“The Council would like to guide that the annual general meeting be postponed until such a time the council has reviewed and resolved complaints in its possession.

“In the meantime, council is reviewing the complaint and shall engage Nam to resolve the issues that have been raised in the complaint. In view of the postponement, council directs that the mandate of the current executive of Nam be extended with two months effective from the issue date of this letter.”

One aspirant lodged a complaint to MNCS and highlighted several issues.

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Current Nam President Khungekile Matiya, former Malawi Queens player Emmie Waya-Chongwe and the association’s former treasurer Abigail Shariff had secured nominations ahead of the polls.

In her reaction yesterday, Waya-Chongwe said it was a positive development.

“It is our hope that all the anomalies will be sorted out so that the playing field is leveled,” she said.

When contacted Tuesday, Shariff, who reportedly secured more nominations for the post of Nam president, said she was in a meeting.

But Matiya could not answer her mobile phone Tuesday.

Outgoing Nam General Secretary Carol Bapu confirmed receipt of the letter from Sports Council.

“At the moment, we cannot say much. We will discuss as a committee and engage Sports Council,” said Bapu, who is ineligible to contest, having served a maximum of two terms in office.

The battle for the association’s vice presidency was between former Kukoma Diamonds general secretary Chimwemwe Bakali and Anastasia Kaphale.

Netball icon Linda Magombo-Munthali and ex-Diamonds official Isaac Chimwala secured nominations for the post of general secretary whereas Diana Nkhulambe, Yamikani Khungwa-Kauma and Vitumbiko Mwademange Gubuduza were nominated for the position of vice general secretary.

Agnes Chaima and Tadala Billie were expected to fight for the position of treasurer whereas Chancy Munthali and Cecilia Mtukule-Bondwe will battle for the post of vice treasurer.

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