Four officials in the current Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) executive committee are ineligible to seek re-election after serving the required maximum limit of two consecutive terms.
During virtual meetings held on April 13 and 18, Nam affiliates resolved to comply with Article 24.3 of the association’s constitution which states that an office holder shall serve a maximum of two terms of four years.
“Elected committee members shall be elected in accordance with this constitution for a term of four years, and not more than two consecutive terms which shall commence from the conclusion of the AGM at which elections occurred until the conclusion of the AGM in the fourth year where elections are held,” reads part of the constitution.
This means that out of Nam’s six executive committee members, only incumbent president Khungekile Matiya and vice treasurer Agness Chaima are eligible to contest during the polls slated for May 29 in Salima District.
The ineligible members include incumbents General Secretary Carol Bapu, her vice Brian Gausi, vice Chairperson Chimwemwe Kachingwe and Treasurer Jane Kachali.
Gausi described his two terms as a mixed bag.
“My two terms were full of ups and downs. We registered some successes but we also encountered challenges. I will remain part of netball fraternity. My most memorable time at Nam was when we finished third in the Fast 5 World Netball Series,” he said.
Matiya is facing a strong challenge from former treasurer Abigail Sheriff and ex-Malawi National Netball Team captain Emmie Waya-Chongwe.
Nam has since opened the nomination process for aspiring candidates.
Regional, district, national coaches and umpires committees are the ones to nominate the candidates in a process scheduled to close on May 15.
One of the requirements for candidates is that they must be capable of communicating in English in addition to attending and holding meetings with both local and external sports administrations.