Be Forward Wanderers commercialisation task force has quit the assignment, citing divisions within the club’s leadership.
The task force dropped the bombshell during a meeting it had with the club’s executive and main supporters committees.
Said the task force’s chairperson Humphrey Mvula after yesterday’s aborted meeting: “From the proceedings, it was clear that there are divisions within the executive on our recommendations.
“At least, we did not really have problems with the supporters committee. So, for now we have quit until the executive puts its house in order.
“We have told them to go back and do their homework. “
Apart from Mvula, some members of the task force were current chairperson Simon Sikwese, former officials Gift Mkandawire, Mike Butao and Ernest Maganga, Henry Chibowa, Patrick Tsonga.
Sikwese and vice-general secretary Adelaide Migogo confirmed in separate interviews that the task force resolved to “step aside until the executive puts its house in order”.
On his part, main supporters committee chairperson Melvin Nkunika said he was disappointed with the divisions displayed by members of the executive committee during the meeting.
“Its frustrating that at a time when we are supposed to be pulling in the same direction, some few misguided individuals within the executive want this initiative to fail.
“We will be meeting as a supporters committee in consultation with zonal sub-committee leadership and decisions on the way forward will be made so that we do not derail this process, “ he said.
An inside source confided in The Nation that the task force decided to pull out after the club’s treasurer, Robert Mbedza, questioned its mandate.
“Mbedza argued that the role of the task force is not provided in the club’s constitution, a move that led to arguments from his fellow ex-co members, including Sikwese and Mbedza walked out,” he said.
Mbedza was not available for comment.
Among other tasks, the task force was entrusted with registering the club as a limited company and proposed the abolishment of executive committee, setting up a board of directors and employment of full time management team to be headed by a CEO.
The task force was reported to be courting potential sponsors and partners such as FDH Financial Holdings, Khato Civils and NBS Bank plc.