In a bid to clean up its soiled image, Lawn Tennis Association of Malawi (LTAM) has slapped its President, Titani Muwalo, with an indefinite suspension over the missing K3.9 million.
“As human beings we waited patiently and encouraged you to quickly amend the self-caused human slippage. We are dismayed that up to now you have not corrected this mess. Analysing the issue and following the LTAM constitution, we have no alternative but to suspend you,” reads part of the suspension letter, which LTAM General Secretary, Stan Kaunda, signed on May 13, 2016.
Muwalo attracted the wrath of fellow executive committee members for having not yet repaid the money to Malawi National Council of Sports.
The council gave the association the money on the understanding that it would be repaid once LTAM sponsor, Puma Energy, released the funding to the tennis body. Puma eventually funded LTAM.
Muwalo has also been accused of breaching governance systems and practices of the association and lacking leadership, resulting in the loss of confidence in the executive committee.
The letter further states that LTAM executive will soon meet to make a final decision on Muwalo’s case.
However, Kaunda could not confirm whether the association had suspended Muwalo, arguing that LTAM had taken drastic measures to address the issue.
“We have been dealing with this issue internally even before the press reported it. We have put in place mechanisms to make sure that he repays the money to the rightful owners,” he said, adding that the associations relationship with the Sports Council and Puma was intact.
However, Muwalo said he was ready to step down to pave room for investigations and for tennis activities to continue taking place.
“I haven’t been served with the suspension letter but I will not protest. I will accept it because the association and the sport have to go on. I worked tirelessly to set up that committee so I can’t be working against my own purpose,” he said.
“As I said earlier, that money was used for Linda Msiska’s trip to South Africa and also as a payment for the coaches’ salaries. Now I am working towards raising that money to pay back. I have sacrificed a lot in tennis and I will continue doing so because the sport is in my blood,” he said.
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