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NRFA accused of holding unfair District Sports Committee elections

Written by  Bishop Witmos

 

Chitipa, December 20, 2017: Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) recently facilitated an election for Chitipa District Sports Committee that was described by most of the zonal committee members as unfair.

Despite the worry by most of the delegates all nomination papers for the contesting candidates contained forged signatories of Zonal committee members, the association continued with the elections.

The association said the elections should not be postponed, arguing that it will be costly for them and they will need more financial resources to travel from Mzuzu to Chitipa for the same exercise.

It was observed that all the nomination papers from all six zones of the district contained similar names of candidates, such as Leonard Chisale who contested for the position of chairperson, Frankson Kayuni who vied for the office of the vice chairperson and Wakisa Mukhondia who fought for the office of the secretary, among others.

General Secretary for the Association, Masiye Nyasulu advised the delegates against blaming the Association saying the problem might have originated from the District Zonal Committees.

"We cannot postpone these elections when we already have the nomination papers are coming from the zones, after all delegates had more time and information about the election," he pointed out.

However, this did not please some Zonal Committee members who insisted for postponement of the elections.

Zonal Committee Chairperson for Wenya, Joseph Banda pleaded with the Association to consider fairness of the elections rather than logistical issues.

"In my case for instance, it is  indicated that I signed the nomination paper for my zone in Wenya, but the truth of the matter is that I did not even see the paper, therefore it is not collect for us to continue with the elections," he fumed.

But the election continued after confined discussions between Association members and some committee members.

At the end, Chisale, Kayuni as well as Mukhondia sailed through the elections unopposed.

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