Dust is refusing to settle ahead of the Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) elections as some quarters still feel some current executive members are doing all they can to circumvent their own constitution in order to cling to power.
The elections were scheduled for December just like all other regional associations but NRFA General Secretary Masiya Nyasulu wrote the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) to facilitate an early election in an Extra Ordinary Annual General Assembly to be held on 18th October, 2020.
Information available to Swam 365 shows that FAM has not yet responded to NRFA’s letter of request for approval of an early election for new office bearers.
However, our findings has established that despite not receiving the nod from the country’s FA, NRFA General Secretary has gone ahead to extend invitation to District Football Associations for an election to be at Sambani Lodge at Chintheche in Nkhata-Bay District.
This is contained in a letter dated 27th September, 2020 which further orders that teams that play in the northern region SIMSO Premier League are ineligible to vote because there is no league running at the moment.
Critics have described the latest development as a complete departure to the dictates of the constitution that governs the NRFA.
They claim that the NRFA constitution recognise regional league teams representatives as eligible to cast a ballot.
Recently, one of the aspirants for the post of General Secretary Olleans Msonda wrote to FAM challenging NRFA’s decision to have an early election has also been responded by FAM.
Chairperson for Baka City Football Club, Alick Zungu, claims the incumbent top three officials who are also seeking re-election are tampering with the constitution by eliminating football clubs from taking part in the elections as ploy to cling to power.
“How can they say teams are not eligible to vote when the rules demands that in situations where the league is inactive, the top seven teams from the previous season are eligible to vote.
This is a clear indication that NRFA to brass is trying to rape the constitution to satisfy their own desires” Zungu charged.
Meanwhile, a law student, and a soccer enthusiast, Boston Chakaka Nyirenda, has sent an SOS to FAM claiming that the NRFA constitution is being violated by those in power.
“My effort in writing the letter is simply to make sure that the elections are held according to the constitution because it is unconstitutional for the elections to be held as early as the NRFA wishes.
“Unconstitutionally, the current NRFA Treasurer has not even presented a financial report for some time now and they cannot just wake up to call for an Extra Ordinary Annual General Assembly”.
And the decision to omit teams from participating in the elections is a complete violation of the constitution in itself and this tendency ought to be stopped forthwith’, Nyirenda said.
FAM is yet to respond to this concern as well. Nonetheless, NFRA General Secretary Masiya Nyasulu maintains that everything is normal in calling for an early election and that the constitution is not all being violated.
“We only notify FAM as a mother body because the FA does not dictate to us what we must and must not do.
We have decided to have our elections on October 18, as such FAM was only notified about our stand,” Nyasulu explained.
At the time of going to press, FAM was reportedly preparing a response to all the matters arising from NRFA’s decision to hold early elections than scheduled.