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Sports Council taken to task again over financial reports

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Minister of Sports and Culture, Grace Chiumia, has once again ordered sports implementing body, Malawi National Council of Sports, to submit to government financial reports for the past two years with immediate effect.

However, the council’s Executive Secretary, George Jana, yesterday reserved his comment when asked for a reaction to the minister’s remarks. The council falls under the sports ministry.

Chiumia claimed in an interview that the Council had not been submitting the financial reports for the past two years, raising speculations that the sports implementing body is failing to account for its annual allocation.

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Chiumia disclosed that it was sad to note that the country was failing to procure an internationally-recognised boxing ring.

“It’s not that they are stealing money but they need to be accountable and transparent in the way they are disbursing funds to the associations. It’s really sad that we are failing to procure a boxing ring, but they keep on pointing fingers at government,” Chiumia said recently in Lilongwe.

“Sports council is not serious because procuring a boxing ring is not the duty of the ministry, but I am blaming them. I will make sure that, as a nation, we procure the boxing ring this year.”

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Chiumia also made similar remarks on Saturday in Mangochi district on the sidelines of FMB Under-20 Football League re-launch. However, a few years ago government bought a ring from South Africa.

During the Africa Boxing Union title bouts held at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, organisers of the bout, Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions in conjunction with No Pain No Gain, had to import a ring from Zambia.

In the current financial plan, the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has slashed the council’s funding from K1.3 billion to K1 billion.

This means sports associations that receive annual grants from the council face tough times to implement their projects this year.

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