Big Bullets FC treasurer Brian Ligomeka has resigned in protest against main supporters committee’s recent call for the resignation of the entire executive board.
He becomes the second executive committee member within a week to resign after former chairperson Kondi Msungama.
In a letter dated April 6 2015 addressed to the club’s acting chairperson [Sadik Malinga] and the entire executive board, Ligomeka states: “Following the call by the supporters committee that the members of the executive committee should resign—which in my view violated the club’s constitution—coupled with recent developments in Bullets FC, I hereby tender in my resignation from all the positions.
“In case of any query on any transactions I handled in the club, I am available to offer explanations. From today onwards, I will be an ordinary supporter of the team.”
Ligomeka confirmed stepping down in an interview with The Nation on Monday.
“I think in principle, I resigned from the time I was sidelined [by a section of the executive board] and I played a low profile until when I officially handed in my resignation,” said Ligomeka.
While Ligomeka and Msungama have opted out, general secretary Harold Fote insists he will not be forced out as that is against the club’s constitution.
“The constitution clearly stipulates how an elected member can be removed. We have to stop this practice of moving people from their positions unconstitutionally,” said Fote.
Article 5.7 (b) of the Bullets constitution stipulates that: “Members may [also] request a meeting which must be held within 21 days from the date of requisition, in writing, signed by not less than one third of the paid up members entitled to vote at such a meeting, specifying the object of the meeting or for any of the following purposes: [i] To recommend the removal from office of any board member and to fill the vacancies caused thereby.”
However, Bullets supporters committee GS Mabvuto Chibambo said whether Fote likes it or not, he is no longer GS of the club.
“It is true that the club has to be guided by the constitution, but it was Msungama, Fote and others who were violating the constitution by, among other things, refusing to call for an AGM [annual general meeting] and failing to produce audited accounts. So, why should they shift the goalposts now?” wondered Chibambo.
Bullets acting chairperson Sadik Malinga has since said the issue will be referred to the trustees for guidance.