Former Big Bullets administrator Billy Tewesa, who is aspiring for the club’s chairmanship, has called for elections at the People’s Team.
Speaking when he approached The Nation a fortnight ago, Tewesa said he wanted to contribute to the current Malinda Chinyama-led administration’s achievements in restoring the team’s giant status.
“No one is disputing the fact that this committee has done a good job, but that is not a good reason for them not to hold elections. If they have done a good job, then they will be re-elected. I want the chairmanship. There are certain things needed to bring the team back to its glory days,” he said.
Chinyama’s administration rescued the team when it was deserted two seasons ago. The new committee opened the team’s first clubhouse in 46 years, earned Carlsberg Limited sponsorship last season, returned to winning ways (Presidential Cup) and wooed back big-name players.
But Tewesa said during his tenure as Bullets chairman, among other roles, he won trophies and was able to pave way for others such as Hassan Jussab to steer the team to greater heights.
Recently, enstranged vice-chairperson Isaac Osman called for executive and supporters’ committees elections after trustee Kinnah Phiri announced the committees’ dissolution. But supporters committe treasurer Frank Msiska dismissed the elections’ call.
Chinyama on Tuesday challenged that Bullets is open to people who are willing to sacrifice for the team and have talent.
“They do not know what we have sacrificed to get this far. We want people with good intentions. I am not standing in the way of elections but the elections will be open to people who have sacrificed for the team. What has he got to offer? What he is saying is to undermine our efforts,” he said.
Chinyama said he was advancing a new administration style focusing on commercialisation through a strategic plan which can realistically be implemented within four years.
“We will hold an annual general meeting on April 15 to adopt the commercialisation drive, elect board of directors and identify a general manager to manage the club.