Big Bullets FC trustees have given the team’s previous leadership a one-week ultimatum to produce financial and performance reports.
This follows the club’s members’ demand on Saturday during an elective annual general meeting (AGM) held at their clubhouse in Blantyre that failure to produce the reports after the said period would lead to legal action.
The club’s board of trustees chairperson James Busile sought the views of the members on the way forward following the previous executive committee’s failure to present the reports.
Said Busile: “The general assembly has spoken. We’ll now liaise with the new executive committee to ask their predecessors to present the reports. No time frame has been given, but we feel one week will be enough, failing which we’ll have to abide by the general assembly’s resolution [to seek legal action].”
But while the previous executive committee did not come forward to present the reports, some of the persons who were in the committee such as the then first vice-chairperson Austin Kasito, treasurer Jossam Msosa and committee member Geoffrey Mbalati were present.
However, Msosa told Nation on Sunday that he could not present financial reports because handovers were not finalised.
“I can confirm that I was appointed treasurer, but then I quit at a later stage on personal grounds and, at that time, the handover process had not been finalised,” said Msosa.
Busile later warned the new committee to take a firm line in its operations, saying failure to do so would lead to them getting a vote of no confidence.
About 500 delegates that included the club’s former stars—Gilbert Chirwa, James Chimera Jnr, Rahim Ishmail, McDonald Yobe, Lawrence Mnenula and Chisomo Kamulanje—who paid K1 000 (about $2.50) each, took part in the AGM that saw Kondi Msungama and Sadiki Malinga being elected unopposed as chairperson and first vice-chairperson respectively.
Msungama, who was elected in absentia, pledged to improve the team’s management and welfare of the players through a statement.
“I would also like to assure the members that we’ll make sure that the team’s finances are audited to ensure smooth transition,” reads the statement.
New faces Noel Lipipa and Harold Fote were elected treasurer and general secretary respectively and got a wild applause.
Lipipa got 248 votes against former executive member Alex Gondwe’s 48. Fote amassed 264 votes against former team manager Enos Chatama’s 40. But such was the spirit of sportsmanship that Chatama put aside the contest and gave Fote a warm hug for the good of the team.