Big Bullets FC Trustees have set February 8 as date for their executive committee elections in Blantyre.
Dismissed club chairperson and general secretary Malinda Chinyama and Higger Mkandawire respectively, have insisted that they will not take part in the elections.
On the other hand, businessperson and former executive committee chairperson Hossam Jussam, who is reportedly being pressurised by some Bullets supporters to contest, said yesterday that he, too, is not interested because he is tied up with other things.
“I appreciate the supporters’ consideration. I would indeed have loved to contest this season, but I am tied up at the moment. I will try my luck during next elections,” said Jussab.
Bullets trustees dissolved the Chinyama-led executive and the supporters committee last weekend after realising that wrangles between the two entities were culminating into chaos.
The trustees’ general secretary Jim Kalua told The Nation on Wednesday that they had a meeting two days ago where they decided to have the executive elections early February so as to have ample time to prepare for the next TNM Super League season.
According to Kalua, interested individuals for the executive committee posts will be required to pay K75 000 (about $187) nomination fees each while those vying for executive committee member positions will pay K25 000 (about $62.50) each.
“Interested candidates can get nomination forms from our clubhouse in Blantyre or from the trustees. The deadline for submission of the forms is February 5. We will announce the venue for the elections later,” said Kalua.
Chinyama said he is done with the Bullets executive position. He also expressed ignorance about the impending elections.
“I am hearing it from you that Bullets will hold an elective general meeting this February. All I know is that we are going to first have an Annual General Meeting (AGM) where we are supposed to present our report on how we have been running the club. Nevertheless, I am not interested to take part in the elections,” said Chinyama.
On his part, Mkandawire said he was initially interested to seek reelection, but has changed his mind after well-wishers advised him not to stand.
“Probably, my absence from the system will give opportunity to critics to freely investigate me on the allegations of mismanagement of funds they levelled against me. They need to thoroughly investigate me and take me to court if they find something suspicious,” said Mkandawire.
So far, it is only the Road Traffic Directorate employee Alex Gondwe who has shown interest to contest during the elections. He said he will vie for the treasurer position.
The trustees already set February 1 as date for the supporters committee’s polls at BAT ground. At these elections, aspirants for top positions will pay K50 000 (about $125) non-refundable fees while those that want to be committee members will pay K10 000 (about $25) each.