The warring factions within Nyasa Big Bullets board of trustees have agreed to meet this Saturday in Lilongwe in a bid to resolve their differences.
According to the trustees’ legal adviser Gaston Mwenelupembe and vice-secretary Victor Msowoya, the meeting is expected to determine whether the club should proceed with elections of the main executive committee or abolish it altogether.
The trustees told The Nation yesterday that their stand-off needs to be put to rest to avoid jeopardising their team’s preparations for the 2017 season.
Divisions emerged among the trustees with some, especially chairperson James Busilley and Gaston Mwenelupembe suggesting the polls should proceed as per the decision made during the club’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Zomba a few weeks ago and the command of their constitution.
On the other hand, the trustees’ secretary Jim Kalua, Msowoya and another trustee Malinda Chinyama, believe the elections should be streamlined in accordance with the club’s impending commercialisation drive, which advocates for hired administrators rather than elected officials.
“This meeting is really important because we want these differences sorted out once and for all. We need to have one stand,” said Mwenelupembe.
“These differences have caused great confusion in our club and this has occurred at an awkward time when we are very close to starting our campaign for the 2017 season. It would be disastrous to the club if this issue continues being unresolved.”
Msowoya said the meeting will provide them with a good platform to brainstorm the issue with sober minds.
He said the disagreements emerged because there have been a lot of misunderstandings that suggest the commercialisation invalidates elections.
“We are not saying that there should be no elections for the executive committee but we should streamline some key positions.
“If the elections are conducted, who will manage the club? Should we still have the general secretary and the treasurer? If we have them, why then having an administrator and accountants at the secretariat? There is no need to elect a bunch of 16 people, when we know some of them would not be important to the club,” Msowoya said.
In spite of that, Bullets sponsors Nyasa Manufacturing Company said they are yet to make a stand on the matter.
The company’s managing director Dimitri Kalaitzis said: “There is no stand yet because we have not met since Bullets’ AGM. Nevertheless, we will have a round-table meeting next week to make a decision.”
Bullets supporters’ committee chairperson Stone Mwamadi said it is good that the trustees have realised the importance of ironing out their differences in time.