Nyasa Big Bullets vice-general secretary Kelvin Moyo has expressed dismay with the club’s failure to hear his side of the story on allegations that he demanded a bribe of K800 000 (about $1 200) from Be Forward Wanderers on the transfer of Jaffalie Chande.
Moyo told The Nation on Wednesday that he is ready to step aside so that the club should thoroughly investigate him to clear his name.
In an interview yesterday, Moyo confirmed being accused of attempting to induce an K800 000 bribe to fast-track Chande’s transfer to Wanderers.
He further explained that the truth of the matter was that Wanderers wanted to buy out Chande’s contract at K700 000 (about $1 100) and he advised Nomads GS Mike Butao to write a letter which was copied to Bullets chairperson Sam Chilunga.
“Does it make sense that Wanderers wanted to pay K700 000 to Bullets and decide to give me K800 000? I will talk when the dust settles,” he said.
Butao could not be reached for comment as he has stepped aside at Wanderers over internal wrangles.
But chairperson George Chamangwana denied that they offered Moyo a bribe.
Moyo vented his anger on a Bullets officials/trustees Whatsapp forum.
He wrote: “I hear the issue from the grapevine as people skirt around the issue on this forum. This is the second serious accusation against me by the club. The first was when I went to Lilongwe to discuss transfers of [Emmanuel] Zoya and [John] Lanjesi. It was reported that I inflated the price from K2.5 million (about $3 900) to K4 million (about $6 200). I was not given a chance to defend myself by the trustees when the issue was brought in a meeting.”
“Now I hear that I wanted a bribe of K800 000 from Wanderers, [general secretary] Mike Butao in particular. Colleagues, I want to be investigated on this one and clear my name. Set up a commission. I am willing to pave the way [for investigations]. It becomes dangerous when people you trust in an organisation cannot approach you on sensitive issues but decide to spread rumours.”
Moyo, who was a blue-eyed boy of chairperson Sam Chilunga and was the club’s spokesperson, has since fallen out of grace with the leadership.
Chilunga could not be reached as we went to press, but he recently warned Moyo in an e-mail on his involvement in the Chande transfer saga.
“Please guard yourself from such matters, for Butao to quote you like this is very dangerous for you. These guys ambushed the player and it is not safe for you to be dragged in this,” Chilunga wrote.
Meanwhile, two contracts emerged at the Chande’s preliminary hearing according to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) transfer matching systems manager Casper Jangale.
Chande produced a copy of a one and a half year contract which shows that he became a free agent on February 13 and allegedly came into effect on August 14 2014.
On the other hand, the People’s Team produced a contract which shows that Chande has a running three-year contract until August 2017.
Chande insisted that his contract was genuine when called on Wednesday.
“This was a document that I signed with Bullets when I joined them from Epac in 2014 and [Harold] Fote, who was the GS then, signed it on behalf of the club, as for the other one, I am not aware,” said Chande.
The FAM TMS manager said the next meeting is scheduled for next week. n