Fiscal Police on Friday summoned former Big Bullets FC chairperson Kondi Msungama and general secretary Harold Fote over a K2.1 million (US$4 667) debt for the air tickets that they got from a travel agency.
This was after Interocean Travel Limited complained about Bullets’ failure to settle the debt that was acquired through purchase of return air tickets for match officials who came to officiate the CAF Champions League preliminary round return leg against Fomboni Club De Moheil from the Comoros.
The match officials included a match commissioner from Zambia and a set of four referees from Mozambique.
The K2.1 million is part of a debt estimated to be in excess of K25 million (US$55 556) that the People’s Team incurred during the continental showpiece.
Fote confirmed being summoned to Fiscal Police in an interview yesterday.
“What happened was that we issued a cheque to Interocean Limited and thought it went through, but unfortunately it was referred to drawer.
“So, Interocean complained to Fiscal Police because they have still not been paid and that is why we were called on Friday to agree on the settlement plan,” he said.
However, Fote said the meeting was not conclusive because the club’s acting chairperson Sadik Malinga was not present.
“So, we are meeting again tomorrow [today] to agree on the way forward,” he said.
However, Malinga yesterday said he was not aware of the issue.
“Of course, I missed a number of calls last Friday and some of them were from Fote, maybe it was in connection with that issue.
“I will get back to him today and find out what it is all about and then I will come back to you,” said Malinga.
During an extraordinary meeting held in Lilongwe on April 19, it was resolved to disown debts incurred by the previous leadership because Msungama and others failed to show up for the meeting where they were expected to explain how the debts were incurred.
But Fote then said the stand taken on debts “was a clear demonstration of failure to understand institutional operations.”