Privately-owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) will conduct public debates for Football Association of Malawi (FAM) elections presidential candidates.
ZBS managing director Gospel Kazako said it is the station’s objective to provide a forum where individuals can explain to the public on what they have for the sport ahead of the association elections scheduled for December this year.
“We did it in the previous FAM elections; we will do it again this time around. Shortly, we will liaise with FAM secretariat to advise us on the appropriate time to conduct this debate.
“We believe that the FAM live public pre-election debate will provide each presidential candidate with an opportunity to articulate issues on how they want to develop the sport.
“We want the whole nation to hear why these candidates are interested in the positions,” Kazako said in a interview.
So far, only James Mwenda, who is FAM first vice-president and Alufeyo Chipanga Banda who is Karonga United FC chairperson, have expressed in the top seat.
The incumbent president Walter Nyamilandu is still contemplating whether to seek re-election.
However, two camps have already emerged—one for Mwenda and the other for Nyamilandu.
At the centre of it all are affiliates who will vote.
Meanwhile, Mwenda has welcomed the initiative, but was quick to say that the station should officially inform them in time.
“It is a nice forum but we need official communication of the event from the organisers in time,” he said.
On the other hand, Chipanga said it is ideal to be given public forum where they should present their ideas for public appreciation.
“This is very good; we need such forums where we can present our ideas to the public on how we intend to develop the sport in the country,” he said.