Their hands are now tied. Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) officials can longer hold an early election on October 18 at Sambani Lodge at Chintheche in Nkhata-Bay District following a letter they have received from the Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
With campaign going on ahead of the elections, disagreements have turned so ugly with a good number of stakeholders thinking some officials at NRFA are playing every trick in the book to cling to power.
The idea by NRFA to have an early election in October as opposed to November or December was seen as a move to limit some candidates from campaigning enough especially when teams that play in the SIMSO Premier League were also barred from taking part in the elections.
In a letter seen by SWAM 365, signed by General Secretary Alfred Gift Gunda, the Football Association of Malawi has categorically advised the NRFA not hold elections on the said date as it is against its own constitution.
However, FAM says NRFA can hold an Extra Ordinary Annual General Assembly to discuss other issues if there is need but not holding an election.
“We would like to advise that the Extra Ordinary General Assembly (EOGA) that you resolved to convene at your meeting may proceed only for the purposes of discussing the issues raised in the letters attached to your communication and determining the way forward, and not for the purposes of holding an election,” reads the conclusion of the letter to NRFA.
NRFA General Secretary, Masiya Nyasulu declined to comment on the matter but Chairperson for Mzuzu District Football Committee, George Burundi Kaunda has hailed FAM’s decision.
“I think the truth has been exposed now and it is good tha FAM has come up with this kind of direction.
Our hope is that things will now be done procedurally in order to satisfy all stakeholders and the candidates as well,” Kaunda explained.