Mighty Wanderers have reiterated that they will not be forced to replace club president Thom Mpinganjira after the High Court jailed him for nine years for attempting to bribe five constitutional court judges who were hearing the 2019 presidential election case.
Wanderers acting Chief Executive Officer Chancy Gondwe said the club will stick with Mpinganjira because he was still eligible to continue serving.
“A mere conviction does not disqualify Dr Mpinganjira from continuing to act as director. Further, the recent judgement by the court does not disqualify him from serving as a director of the company.
“There is no automatic disqualification by virtue of the conviction. Section 164(1) of the Companies Act 2013 does not include a conviction as a ground for disqualification of a serving director,” Gondwe said.
However, sports analyst George Kaudza-Masina said Wanderers should accept the fact that Mpinganjira can no longer continue serving the club.
“What has happened to the Wanderers family is unfortunate as Mpinganjira was the kingpin for the Nomads resurrection financially.
“Much as it is the wish of every Nomad to see Mpinganjira remaining club president, reality has to sink in. Wanderers should accept that it is time they started hunting for Mpinganjira’s replacement,” Kaudza-Masina said.
The former Football Association of Malawi acting general secretary said the Nomads would do better to move on with life without Mpinganjira.
“Mpinganjira’s continued leading of the club from prison might not reflect well on would-be sponsors and supporters at large.
“It would be difficult for them to associate themselves with a team that is headed by someone with tainted hands,” he said.
Kaudza-Masina said running a club from inside a prison might prove to be a challenge.
“Wanderers should leave Mpinganjira alone as he already has a lot on his plate to reflect on. With him gone, club operations are going to be affected heavily.
“It is on record that since February this year, Mpinganjira has been paying players’ and technical staff’s salaries in excess of K6 million. I believe this is what will make it difficult for Wanderers to let him go,” he said