- Confirm probe into alleged K2m airtime deal
Be Forward Wanderers have launched an investigation into allegations that for two years the club’s general secretary (GS) Mike Butao has been drawing K2 million monthly from Be Forward Limited sponsorship to allegedly pay TNM for airtime distribution dealership.
The club’s chairperson Gift Mkandawire has since pleaded with its supporters, who are baying for Butao’s blood, to remain patient.
“We are handling the matter. People should not rush to make conclusions. We are investigating the issue and we will get to the bottom of it. Let’s not rush to judge anyone before the investigations are through,” he said.
Mkandawire warned that rushing to conclusions has the potential to affect the sponsorship with Be Forward Limited.
“This issue needs to be handled with care. My appeal is that the supporters should calm down as we are trying to establish what transpired,” he said.
Be Forward Limited pump in between K11 million and K14 million monthly and the money is strictly for players’ salaries and administration of the club.
Wanderers supporters general secretary Samuel Mponda said it was sad that money meant for the running of the club was diverted to other purposes by the executive.
“Butao was demanding K2 million from Be Forward Limited sponsorship every month, claiming that it was meant to be paid to TNM dealership account. But this money is strictly for the club’s operations.
“We do not want Mr. Butao to be anywhere near Wanderers. We demand his resignation immediately. How can they be investigating the matter when he is still on the position,” he said.
But Butao yesterday said he would not resign and said he would comment on the allegations after the investigations are complete.
“I will comment at the end when there is a clear picture and I will make my decision then,” he said.
When asked for comment, TNM manager for public relations and sponsorship Limbani Nsapato said he was out of office.