Big Bullets FC this Saturday go to the polls to elect new office bearers to guide the troubled but once powerhouse for the next three years.
The team’s Board of Trustees was yet to announce names of the contestants but reports indicate more than 10 people are vying for various positions.
Meanwhile, Big Bullets Supporters Committee held a meeting with supporters on Thursday afternoon at their club house in Mandala, Blantyre where they endorsed Kondi Msungama’s name, the team’s former treasurer, as their preferred choice for the position of chairman.
The committee bluntly told the supporters to vote for certain individuals, a development that did not go down well with a certain section of supporters who described the whole episode as a complete scam.
Led by the vice general secretary, one by one the supporters committee announced the names of their endorsed candidates.
Besides Msungama as their preferred chairman, the committee also endorsed Sadick Malinga, husband to Maggie Chombo, renowned Malawi’s woman footballer and coach, who is also a pioneer of the game in the country.
Malinga was also elected in the previous executive committee of Malinda Chinyama and Higga Mkandawire as treasurer but stepped down on personal reasons. He will face Austin Kasito, the only known challenger.
The committee has also endorsed a little known figure in the Bullets camp, Harold Fote, for the position of general secretary.
His name was, however, welcomed by murmuring after the supporters’ committee representatives tried to induce the supporters to reject the main contender, Enos Chatama, a popular character within the Bullets camp.
Initially, Fote eyed the position of vice general secretary (where George Kapachika is currently the only known candidate) but the supporters committee has reportedly persuaded him to challenge Chatama because it does not want to work with him.
According to the supporters committee, the position of vice general secretary has been reserved for the central region. The nominee was not readily told.
On the position of treasurer, the committee recommended the supporters to vote for Noel Lipipa.
However, his name was equally greeted by whispers after the committee tried to influence the supporters to reject Alex Gondwe, a known Bullets enthusiast.
“This is a very unprofessional way of conducting elections. You don’t organize elections in such a manner. This is day-light rigging.
“It is unfair for the supporters committee to condemn other contestants like that, let the supporters vote for people they want. The committee’s task is just to guide them on the procedures,” an angry supporter who seemed not amused with the arrangement told a Nyasa Times reporter who also attended the meeting.
Well-known Mzuzu based supporter of the Peoples Team, Grace Chenda Mkandawire, is likely to go unopposed for the post of vice treasurer as she has also been already endorsed by the committee.
A number of individuals have expressed interest to contest as executive members. Among them are Brian Ligomeka, Managing Editor for Blantyre Newspapers Limited and Lysan Pidini, a banker.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :