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Wanderers elect 2 treasurers amid controversy

Simon Sikwese promises changes

UNCONTROLLABLE—Wanderers fans during the polls

Be Forward Wanderers main executive committee elections ended in disrepute as fans were left confused after the team’s board of trustees failed to identify one winner for the post of treasurer.

This has forced the team to flout its constitution by having joint-treasurers and a vice-treasurer.

Commotion ensued as voting started for the post of treasurer when outgoing Vice-Treasurer, Dave Pemba, faced Mphatso Jika.

Both candidates had a long queue but before the counting of votes was over the fans had been split following interference.

Following the incident, the board of trustees led by Chairperson, Rashid Gaffar, met for almost 30 minutes before declaring that both Jika and Pemba had won.

Some fans protested vehemently forcing Pemba to withdraw but Wanderers trustees maintained its stand by recognising Pemba and Jika as joint treasurers.

Earlier on, Simon Sikwese, following request from fans, was elected Wanderers Chairperson unopposed. Similarly, former Vice-Secretary, Chris Kananji, was elected First Vice-Chairperson unopposed.

Former Wanderers Executive Member, Andrew Mwadala, was ushered in as Second Vice-Chairperson after outgoing official Hubert Mfune failed to show up for the elections.

Nomads Team Manager, Victor Maunde, has been elected General Secretary unopposed so was Adelaide Migogo who was elected Vice-Secretary unopposed.

In his acceptance speech, Sikwese promised to turn around things.

“We will address a lot of issues in our first meeting including examining the credibility of the debts. We will also address contractual issues with our players. We also need a manageable squad,” he said.

Sikwese also hinted on the need for the club to go commercial to become self-reliant.

“We also need to define roles and responsibilities of trustees, executive and supporters. Everybody should have a limit. Our Supporters should also understand that they are not there to benefit from the club’s revenue but help the team.

“Before we embark on commercialisation process, we need to put our house in order,” he said.

Wanderers outgoing Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire and Gaffar, challenged the new executive to put in place a system that should see Wanderers perform on and off the pitch.

The elections started after outgoing treasurer, Robert Mbedza, presented his financial report.

Meanwhile, former Wanderers supporters chairperson, Coaxley Kamange, feared the Nomads were creating another problem by having two treasurers.

“I am a very disappointed man today. Where in the world did we ever hear of a team having two full treasures in one office does this mean we will have three treasures including the vice Dan Pemphero who went unopposed?” he asked.

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