Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has fired its vice General Secretary Zacharia Nyirenda for misappropriating match day revenue amounting to K2.8 million meant for Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets on May 8.
In a press release dated June 22 2021, Sulom stated that Nyirenda appeared before a disciplinary committee on June 12 where he admitted to have misappropriated the funds following a family emergency.
“Seeing that he had no money, he decided to use the match day revenues. After several demands from both Bullets and Silver, on 22nd May 2021 he deposited the sum of K1,000,000 and the sum of K366,000 remains outstanding [depositing to Silver account].
“Due to his financial position, he is yet to pay Bullets and Sulom their share of the match day revenues. Over and above that, he submitted a report and letter of apology and commitment to repay the misappropriated funds. He did not waste Sulom’s time and resources conducting investigations,” part of the statement reads.
According to the statement, Nyirenda contravened Sulom’s guiding principles of “interest of affiliates’ trust and social contract” as provided under Articles 4(3), 4(4) and 4(7) of the Sulom constitution when he misappropriated the match day revenue amounting to K2,879,707.
The statement faults the former Masters Security general secretary for ‘damaging’ Sulom’s name and bringing the game of football into disrepute.
“According to Article 4 (8) of the Sulom Constitution, any contravention of this Article shall constitute a serious breach of this constitution. Any person who is guilty of a fundamental breach of the constitution shall be removed from office having been given due notice of the charge(s) against him or her and the opportunity to be heard in accordance with principles of natural justice.
“The Committee, therefore, removes Zachariah Nyirenda [the respondent] from the office of Sulom Executive with immediate effect,” the statement reads.
The committee used its discretion to fire Nyirenda rather than fining him K1 million.
Sulom President Tiya Somba Banda confirmed the development, saying Nyirenda will be replaced in line with the body’s constitution.
“We have removed him from office in accordance with our constitution and rules and regulations. Besides being fired, he is supposed to pay back to all the parties that he owes. These are Silver, Bullets and Sulom.
“We expect him to pay the remaining K1.8 million. As for the vacant position, our constitution will guide on how we are going to fill it,” Somba Banda said.
When contacted for a comment yesterday, Nyirenda simply said: “I have nothing to say.”
Football analyst George Chiusiwa asked Sulom and other stakeholders to dig deeper to expose more syndicates.
“The revelations that the Sulom vice general secretary misappropriated revenue collection from the game between Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets may just be a tip of the iceberg. There is more institutional and administrative rot at the Super League governing body.
“This vindicates the many concerns about the poor style of football leadership at Sulom and in many football organisations across the country where issues of corporate governance come into play,” Chiusiwa said.