Football Association of Malawi (FAM) electoral committee has warned delegates and observers at tomorrow’s elective assembly at Sunbird Nkopola Resorts in Mangochi against causing violence or any other disturbances before, during and after the polls.
The committee’s chairperson Sylvester Kalembera, a High Court of Malawi judge, yesterday said those that will go against the warning will face the law in line with FAM statutes.
He, however, said the committee’s members will meet today to finalise prescribing penalties for would-be offenders.
“We expect that all the delegates know why they will be at the assembly and we expect them to adhere to the statutes. We will explain all this in detail before the elections and those that will break the rules will be punished accordingly,” Kalembera said.
Meanwhile, FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda, who is also the electoral committee’s secretary, has said there will be tight security at the elections as law enforcers have been engaged and only delegates and accredited observers will be allowed in.
“Trouble-makers should keep themselves away from the polls to avoid the consequences,” he said.
The development follows fresh threats by football fanatic Beleti ‘Billy One’ Severe targeting incumbent FAM president Walter Nyamilandu, who is seeking a fifth mandate as the local soccer governing body’s boss against the body’s first vice-president James Mwenda.
FAM’s outgoing executive committee members Daud Mtanthiko and JabbarAlide will tussle for the post of first vice-president.
Incumbent second vice-president Othaniel Hara will seek to defend his post against Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) chairperson Lameck Khonje.
Felistas Dossi will take the newly-created female executive member position unopposed as she has no challenger while six male candidates—Muhammad Selemani, Rashid Mtelera, Christopher Kuyera, Davies Sado, Masiya Nyasulu and Chimango Munthali will fight for four executive member slots.