Southern Region Netball League (SRNL) chairperson Khungekire Matiya has ruled out bidding for the Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) presidency at the elective annual general meeting expected in April this year.
Matiya had, on two occasions in 2010 and 2013, failed to unseat the incumbent president Rosy Chinunda who recently announced that she will not seek re-election.
In an interview yesterday, Matiya said she had been demoralised by her failure to make it in previous attempts; hence, her decision not to run.
“Losing twice meant that the voters didn’t want me to be the president, so I will not make any attempt this time,” she said in a declaration that ends the long standing rivalry with Chinunda.
Matiya has held the position of SRNL chairperson for nearly a decade where, among other achievements, she ensured that the league had sponsorship whereas the Northern and Central regions have struggled to have steady funding.
Announcing her decision not to seek re-election, Chinunda said it was time for fresh blood to take over the reins having been in power for over 10 years.
“I am leaving the stage a satisfied person because I have managed to improve the national team’s standing on the international scene where it has been doing really well,” she said.
Meanwhile, NAM general secretary Carol Bapu has said the body will announce the AGM dates “sometime later”.
Bapu herself was coy when asked if she will seek to defend her seat: “I will not comment anything on that.” n