Big Bullets (BB) supporters committee chairperson for the North, Martin Uka, has said they will not step down as dissolved by trustee Ruth Chenda Mkandawire because she has no mandate to fire them.
Flanked by interim publicity secretary Brown Afiki, Mkandawire on Monday said their treasurer Steve Kachimanga, a director of the Super Eagles, who ejected BB from the Carlsberg Cup last Saturday, were conniving with Uka, and vice-chairperson Bosco Bakali to milk the clubâ€™s purse; hence, she opted to fire them.
â€œKachimanga leaked our winning strategy to his Super Eagles. Besides that, he has been milking the club,â€ said Mkandawire. She said she realised this two months ago, when Moyale Barracks were playing Bullets.
Mkandawire claimed that K30 000 from the K270 000 of the gate collections [after the game against Moyale] could not be accounted for, but upon taking the issue to the committee, Uka was reluctant to probe the suspects.
She added that Kachimanga also cheated the committee when he claimed he had given those who operated the gates at Mzuzu Stadium K7 000 each in allowances, when he had actually given them K4 000 each.
She said she phoned Bullets chairperson Malinda Chinyama who tried in vain to recover the money.
But Kachimanga, Uka and Bakali said the claims are false and are aimed at tarnishing their image.
Kachimanga and Uka have warned that they will spill the beans should Mkandawire continue washing dirty linen in public.
â€œRuth [Chenda Mkandawire] has done a lot of scandals against the club. Should she continue exposing us, we will do the same,â€ Kachimanga said.
But Mkandawire said she has never embezzled the club money. She said she dissolved the committee with the blessings of the national committee.
Chinyama confirmed in a telephone interview that they decided to dissolve the committee following a string of scandals involving the committee besides the loss to Super Eagles.
Mkandawire said the club will meet on Tuesday at Chenda Hotel to map the way forward.
She said Bullets need members who love the club, unlike the previous executive which was being pushed in doing things.
But Uka said BB lost the game because the players lost discipline as they were loitering in Mzuzu instead of being in camp.