A womanless Southern Region Chess League executive committee has been elected following polls held on Saturday in Blantyre
The development has irked Chess Association of Malawi CHESSAM which has since ordered the inclusion of a female member into new committee.
CHESSAM General Secretary Leonard Shara said: “It’s disappointing that there no interest from women to take up positions and today’s elections is a living testimony as there is no single woman in the committee.
We will advise the new committee to at least incorporate a woman in their committee suffice to say that as a mother body, we will thrive to promote women in leadership positions”, Shara said.
Southern Region Chess League is equally disappointed and will devise strategies to counter the vice, publicity Secretary Wadza Otoman says.
He said: “We want to encourage more women to participate in Chess. As you have seen women participation has been very poor.
“So we want to come up with some strategies to encourage more women to take part in Chess.
Therefore the new committee will be meeting shortly over the next week or so that we can sit down and look at these strategies which we have to do as a new committee which has just been elected.”
The new committee is being headed by Steve Mpingu as its Chairperson. Mpingu beat three other contestants after amassing 7 votes against Peter Jailosi, Weston Namalomba and Stanley Mpinganjira who got 6, 0 and 3 respectively in an election held on Saturday in Blantyre.
Mpingu who only presented his nomination papers on the eve of the elections will be deputized James Psyelera who went unopposed.
The positions of Secretary General, Treasurer and publicity which have gone to Gift Selemani Howahowa, Martin Nyamilandu, and Wadza Otomani respectively went unopposed.
Craig Tikita scooped 6 votes to claim the Regional Schools Coordinator post over MacMillan Gondwe who received no vote.
John Mkumba, Precious Kamwendo, Chiletso Chipanga, Akim Chihana completed the list following their election as Executive Committee Members.
On returning the post of SRLC Chairmanship Mpingu said: “I am very happy that to be re-elected as this shows that a lot of people have trust in me and they I am capable of driving the game of Chess forward in the southern region.
“Of course the competition was tough and I know most people are expecting a lot from me and I accept the challenge to perform and deliver on their expectations.
“This is achievable because my committee has a lot of dedicated individuals hungry to revamp this league again.
The SRCL elections were a success, Chess Association of Malawi CHESSAM General Secretary Leonard Shara said.
“We are a bit disappointed to note that the election registered low patronage although some of those that did not come may have valid reason.
Nonetheless, we are happy with the way the elections have been conducted and momentarily there are no complaints with the losers conceding defeats”’ Shara said.
The CHESSAM General Secretary also revealed that his association is currently devising long term solutions to the perceived dwindling standards of the once promising sport.
“As CHESSAM we have formulated a policy enforcing registration of clubs across the country as well as a national league, a development that will in turn unearth a lot of talented Chess players.