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Wanderers trustees push Mike Butao issue to executive

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By Ronald Mpaso:

UNDER PROBE—Butao

Be Forward Wanderers’ board of trustees has declined to give its position on the K124 million TNM airtime dealership scam which implicated the club’s General Secretary, Mike Butao.

Since the matter surfaced more than two weeks ago, the board has not stated its position on the matter.

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Investigations instituted by the club revealed that there was abuse of funds from the contract with Super League sponsor, TNM.

Trustees Chairperson, Rashid Gaffar, declined to state what action they had taken on those involved.

“We are not saying anything as a Board of Trustees. We agreed to have one spokesperson on this matter, and that person is Gift Mkandawire [Wanderers Executive Committee Chairperson]. He is the one speaking on behalf of everyone as regards this matter,” Gaffar said in a brief response.

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Mkandawire reiterated his call for patience, saying they were not in a hurry to conclude the matter.

He said they were considering several options to ensure that the issue is resolved in a fair manner.

“We need to do our homework properly before acting decisively. There could be repercussions for the club if we are not careful. We know that emotions are quite high but, as I have always said, there is need for patience among stakeholders. We will come up with an official statement in due course,” Mkandawire said.

He said Butao was not discharging his duties as circumstances did not allow him to do so.

“There are four of us running the club together. My vice Allan [Chuma], Hubert Mfune [Second Vice Chairperson], Robert Mbedza [Treasurer] and myself are running the club’s affairs in a shared responsibility. So our supporters should be assured that everything is in order,” Mkandawire said.

Wanderers released a statement last week that they were in the process of fully understanding the findings.

“We have had meetings with trustees and executive and have mapped the way forward, which is now an internal matter,” the statement reads.

The scam was brought to light by the Nomads’ supporters committee which asked for Butao’s resignation after he was implicated.

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