The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it will not stop elections or investigate alleged corrupt practices in the Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) and Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) unless there are complaints lodged.
The SRFA and the NRFA are expected to conduct their elections on November 15 in Mangochi and Nkhata Bay respectively.
ACB director Reyneck Matemba was reacting to observations that the graft-busting body is only investigating officials in the Central Region Football Association (CRFA) where it has stopped its elections scheduled for November 14 when the issues at hand seem to be similar to those in the other two regional bodies.
He said: “We have stopped elections in the CRFA because that is where we received a complaint. In the event that we receive grievance in the other regions, we will do likewise.
“But we cannot do it in the other regional associations without getting any formal complaint.”
In the CRFA, all the nine district committees nominated incumbent chairperson Austin Ajawa to retain the hot seat unopposed along with general secretary Bernard Chiwiriwiri Harawa, vice-general secretary Antonio Manda, and vice-treasurer Missi Bwanali.
Ajawa’s potential challenger former FAM first-vice president James Mwenda, who lost FAM presidential elections to Walter Nyamilandu last December, did not receive a nomination.
In the SRFA and the NRFA, respective incumbent chairpersons Raphael Humba and Lameck Khonje are also set to go unopposed.
On his part, Humba said he does not think anyone will lodge a complaint to the ACB because his region is clean.
“We are ready to be probed if anybody lodges a complaint, but we are very clean,” he said.
Khonje was not available for comment yesterday.
The CRFA probe comes days after some aspirants, including the association’s incumbent vice-chairperson Simeon Lijenje and vice-general secretary Owen Munthali lodged a complaint to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on how the nomination process was handled.