Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has ordered Cycling Federation of Malawi (CFM) not to hold the Presidential Cycling Championship unless they conduct their elective general assembly.
The competition was scheduled for June 19 in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota but the latest development means the event will be held after the elections at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) on June 25.
MNCS executive secretary George Jana told The Nation yesterday that they have issued the order because elections for the CFM have been long overdue.
“We have told them [CFM] not to hold the Presidential Championship until they conduct their elections. Calls for them to conduct the elections have been [falling on deaf ears] and we cannot let the current committee continue handling important events such as the Presidential Championship,” said Jana.
The current CFM committee’s four-year tenure of office expired in March last year but the body failed to hold the polls because most of its affiliates neglected the payment of membership fees as per their constitutional mandate, according to CFM general secretary Jimmy Kadewere.
“We are determined to hold the polls on June 26 but most of our 10 affiliated clubs seem to be frustrating our efforts by not paying K5 000 membership fee each. It is required by our constitutional mandate that only paid-up members should be allowed to vote but up to now, no club has paid the fees,” he said.
“We, therefore, plead with clubs to pay their membership fees so that the federation should stop operating illegally and the Presidential Championship should be held without hitches.”