The Southern Region Netball Committee (SRNC) has expressed concern over NAM’s silence on the AGM where new office bearers are expected to be ushered in.
SRNC general secretary Anne Hanjahanja on Wednesday said while the Netball Association of Malawi’s (NAM) executive committee’s tenure is almost due, the association has not announced dates for an annual general meeting.
“According to NAM constitution, the executive committee is supposed to serve for three years.
“The current executive was ushered into office on February 13 2010 and, in normal circumstances, by this time, they were supposed to have announced the date for the elections, but surprisingly, there is total silence from them,” said Hanjahanja.
Hanjahanja, who lost to the current NAM GS Helene Mpinganjira in the previous elections, also said she will contest for an undisclosed position.
“I intend to contest again, but I will only come out clearly on the actual position once NAM comes out with the details of the AGM,” she said.
According to NAM constitution, they are supposed to give affiliates 21 days to prepare for the AGM.
However, NAM president Rosy Chinunda played down the issue on Wednesday, saying they were sorting out some logistics.
“We know that there are some people who are after our positions. What I can say is that they should not get worried, we will call for elections once we finalise the logistics.
“One of the reasons we have delayed to announce the date is because we are still working on the amended draft of our constitution before we present it to Sports Council for their perusal,” said Chinunda.
She also brushed-off suggestions that the current NAM leadership is trying to buy time.
“Ndizosiyirana izi (these are not life positions). We would urge them to be patient because we will definitely call for elections this year,” said Chinunda.
Asked if she will seek re-election, Chinunda said: “I have not come up with a decision yet. I will need to consult and give it a thought before coming up with my position.”
However, netball commentators have faulted the association for its failure to come up with a strategic plan.