Chaos resurfaced in Big Bullets camp on Sunday when the club’s rival camps loyal to the board of trustees and the executive committee respectively were involved in physical confrontation that led to the arrest of one.
The club’s board of trustees also called for an emergency meeting in the wake of the fracas at Shire Highlands Hotel in Blantyre where they claimed to have dissolved both the club’s executive and supporters committees.
Apparently, the development came in the wake of reports that a section of the team’s supporters is pressing the trustees to call for elections for both the executive and supporters on the basis that their tenure of office for the incumbent committees has expired.
The club’s legend Kinnah Phiri, who is also trustees’ secretary, on Tuesday confirmed having called for an emergency meeting with some supporters where a decision to dissolve the two committees was made.
“It is true we had a meeting yesterday [Monday] where the supporters proposed the dissolution of both the executive and supporters committee on the basis that their mandate had expired.
“And having considered the proposal, we have decided to dissolve both committees because these people were appointed in an interim basis to run the affairs of the club up to the end of the season.
“And, therefore, based on powers invested in us as trustees, we have dissolved both committees until fresh elections are held. To this effect, the decision has been communicated to the executive committee led by Malinda Chinyama and we expect them to adhere to the decision for the good of the club,” said Kinnah on Tuesday.
However, Chinyama laughed off Kinnah’s claims, arguing that the trustees have no powers whatsoever to dissolve both the executive and supporters committees.
“All what is happening is total madness because the trustees do not have the powers to either dissolve the committees or call for elections.
“We are aware that it is Kinnah and his cohorts who are orchestrating all this madness for their own personal interests, but we’ll not bow down to such kind of madness,” said Chinyama.
The BB chairperson said it is unfortunate that all this is happening just when the team performed well in the just-ended season.
And commenting on the fracas involving the fans, police publicist for Blantyre, Lameck Thembachako, confirmed the arrest of Arthur Nthumphwa for allegedly assaulting Benard Kaliwo in Ndirande Township earlier on the day.
“The alleged victim came to report the matter to us and we arrested Nthumphwa pending further investigations. We also called Mr. Kinnah Phiri and other officials to try and sort out the matter and, eventually, the situation was contained,” said Thembachako.
One of the supporters, who is pressing for elections Mabvuto Chibambo, confirmed the fracas.
“All this is happening because the interim executive committee members are clinging to positions, but the truth of the matter is that they were appointed in an interim basis and they need to seek the mandate of the electorate. There is need to respect the club’s constitution,” wondered Chibambo.
However, supporters committee secretary Frank ‘Nyau’ Msiska said the current executive committee will stay put.