By Nothvinia Sam Luhanga
The Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has declared it will not rescind its position to dissolve the stand In Executive Committee of the Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) led by Godfrey Phiri which is still parading as a legitimate body.
The Council’s declaration, through its Public Relations Officer, Edgar Ntulumbwa comes after the dissolved committee held an Extra Annual General Meeting in Lilongwe, where they amended AAM’s Constitution to pave way for elections this month.
Ntulumbwa maintains they have not reversed the decision dissolving the Phiri-led Executive Committee.
He said, “The Council has the legal mandate to run sport in the country as stipulated in the Malawi National Council of Sports Act and Council’s Regulations”.
While the Malawi National Council of Sports on September, 21st 2022, announced the dissolution of the Executive Committee which was chaired by Godfrey Phiri, it has emerged that the dissolved Committee is still defying the Council’s proclamation.
Its General Secretary, Frank Chitembeya defends their decision to hold an AGM in Lilongwe and continue to run the affairs of AAM as they are mandated by its Constitution
Meanwhile, Sports Analyst David Kanyenda, a lawyer as well, concurs that the Council has statutory authority to regulate sports in the country; as such it has the power to dissolve any sports committee if necessary as it was created by an Act of parliament
On 21st September 2022, the Malawi National Council of Sports dissolved the entire Executive Committee of AAM for failing to hold elections and make amendments to its constitution and installed a caretaker Committee which is led by Justice of Appeal Silvester Kalembera.