By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board President Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba has said his political aspirations will not affect his service towards the sport.
Zimba is vying for a parliamentary seat in Mchinji East constituency after winning Democratic Progressive Party primary elections.
Zimba made the remarks recently after donating bags of maize valued at over K5 million to people in the constituency.
“The good thing with Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board and African Boxing Union (ABU) rules is that they do not bar officials from being active politicians. I also serve in ABU board, so there is no problem,” he said.
Zimba said he still has the passion for boxing and would like to help the country produce a world champion.
“Joining politics will help me serve the game better because I will be championing policies to promote boxing in particular and sports in general. It is my dream that Malawi should produce a world champion soon and I will strive to do so,” he said.
Zimba said he decided to make the donation as a way of sharing what he has with needy members of the community.
“I donate maize to people in this constituency to celebrate my birthday in December every year. However, this time I waited a bit due to logistical requirements. I have now fulfilled what I always do and it feels good to share what I have with community members,” he said.
Zimba’s stand differs from what his Malawi Boxing Association counterpart Justice Katika did by announcing his intention to quit as he is contesting for a parliamentary seat in Blantyre Bangwe constituency.
Katika said he would relinquish his position at an annual general meeting to be held soon as he wants to focus on politics.
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