Lawyer Bakuwa also quits FA Malawi as Appeals Committee Member

It does not rain, but pours heavily for Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and now it seems it  is pouring ‘mad cats and dogs’ at the  beleaguered national soccer governing body as the remaining and only member of the Appeals Committee, corporate lawyer George Bakuwa has also finally thrown in the towel and quit his position on grounds of personal integrity.

Judge Dingiswayo Madise: Chaired the controversial electoral body for FAM elections

Judge Dingiswayo Madise: Chaired the controversial electoral body for FAM elections

Bakuwa is the third and final piece of the jigsaw puzzle  to FAM’s legal woes following his resignation from the organisation barely 24 hours after the Appeals Committee chair Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Justice Lovemore Chikopa and another member, private practice lawyer, Patrice Nkhono resigned due to what they cited as lack of good governance and failure to adhere to the establishment’s set rules and regulations.

Tendering his resignation through a very brief email addressed to FAM Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sugzo Nyirenda and copied to Chikopa and Nkhono, Bakuwa simply said he was resigning for “obvious reasons”.

“Suzgo, for obvious reasons I also find my continued membership of the committee unsustainable in the circumstances. Kindly accept my resignation as well, with immediate effect,” reads the email in totality.

FAM now has no Appeals Committee members after all the three learned legal minds have resigned from the organisation and among other things Justice Chikopa said he received a barrage of insults from some executive members from the Football Association.

The brusque en-masse tendering of resignations of the three lawyers however put FAM’s integrity to test and pushed the organisation’s reputation further deep into question.

FAM’s Appeals Committee last Saturday ruled that the elections of new office bearers be deferred after two presidential hopefuls Wilkins Mijiga and Willy Yabwanya Phiri and Tiya Nsomba who was vying for the office of first vice presidency complained that the executive committee members had contravened the national FA’s electoral codes.

Mijiga, Willy Yabwanya-Phiri and Tiya Somba-Banda, obtained an injunction from the High Court in Blantyre restraining FAM and its delegates from holding the polls but the injunction was later vacated.

‘Repudiation of Validity’

The elections which, however, were nearly marred by a hullabaloo that encircled around the supposedly flouted and contravened FAM electoral codes, rules and regulations, and were almost stopped from taking place, in an act of defiance and what is seen as a disregard and repudiation of the Appeals Committee’s legitimacy and validity finally took place and saw the MacMillan Walter Nyamilandu carry the day home holding on to  his seat after trouncing two challengers who are said to have indicated their intention to step out.

Both Mijiga Willy Yabwanya and Nsomba Banda complained to the Appeals Committee that there was a contravention of FAM statues and that FAM disobeyed the electoral codes and their appeal was allowed and subsequently, Chikopa ruled that the elections could not take place amid such contraventions suggesting that the elections be held at a later date after all the ‘issues’ were ironed out.

The Appeals Committee members feels that their validity was rejected after their decision which was supposed to be final was ignored and disrespected and therefore there is no need for them to carry on offering their services.

“It is obvious to my mind firstly that my understanding of good governance and the operations of the appeals committee is not the same as that which the FAM executive committee or most of its members have. Secondly that there are some in the FAM executive committee who do not understand that it is possible to hold divergent views without having to indulge in gratuitous insults,” Justice Chikopa said in his resignation.

The learned judge of Appeal said it is impossible for him to continue offering his services as chair of FAM’s appeals committee in those circumstances.

While on his part Patrice Nkhono said that FAM’s approach was incomprehensible.

Said Nkhono:  “It is my understanding that the approach taken by FAM executive committee following the decision of the appeals committee on the elections last Saturday, was to ignore that decision and to proceed with the elections. Apparently, this was what compelled the appellants to seek judicial intervention.”

Nkhono added that it is his view that such course of action represented repudiation by the FAM executive committee of the validity of the appeals committee of which he is a member.

He explained he cannot continue with an organisation that does not respect its own statues, rules and regulations declaring; “I cannot in good conscience continue as though that repudiation meant nothing. I therefore join Justice Chikopa in tendering my resignation from the FAM appeals committee with immediate effect and request that this is brought to the attention of the executive committee.”

Meanwhile, Yabwanya and Mijiga are seeking redress from the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) for intervention in Switzerland over what they call flawed Saturday’s elections that re-elected the country longest serving president, MacMillan Walter Nyamilandu.

“We did not want to be part of a flawed electoral process. The appeals’ committee said the elections had to be suspended until the irregularities were sorted out. The whole process contravened the rule of soccer, which is about fair play,” Mijiga told Nyasa Times earlier this week.

Meanwhile, FAM president Walter Nyamilandu has however appealed for unity to all stalk holders in the country for what he describes as “for the good of the game and for development of the sport.”

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26 thoughts on “Lawyer Bakuwa also quits FA Malawi as Appeals Committee Member”

  1. Nijo says:

    kodi ukukakamira chani ku FAM ngati ya ambuyako?

  2. zofuna says:

    the greatest want of the world to day is the want of men who can neither be bought or sold . bravo Justice Chikopa . lawer nkhono and bakuwa

  3. Gadabwali says:

    Kodi mukufuna kuti madzi afike mkhosi? Tiyeni nazoni, inu siwoyamba ayi, Seppie Blatter ndiye mbuye wanu. Kodi mukulorapo chiyani ngati munadzala? Its time to resign and go, not time to harvest!

  4. Blossom says:

    Mr Blatter wa ku Malawi

  5. Khenge 1 says:

    My advice to Nyamilandu is that he must resign just to show his sports manship. Mapetoake anthu onse achoka utsala wekha kapoloiwe,kwenikweni ukufuna chani chimene ukukakamila Nunkhadalaiwe.Resign now usanaone zakuda.

  6. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    Football in Malawi will not improve as long as the current office bearers continue manning FAM. Kinna, Boniface, Fillip Thindwa, Chancy Godwe abusa. take over the office these crooks will not help us.

  7. Gondwe says:

    kkkk…..rebrand FAM otherwise English Premier League could be a good bran to watch-Leceister, Chelsea, Man U, and Man City

  8. Wanga says:

    Judge Madise shud also give us a break on futobol matters and its true he is acorrupt judge and he support Walter alot,Futobol wont win and I rest my argument because I dont see any improvement in our soccer as long as Walter is at the helm

  9. water says:

    Lawyer wake uti? Akuchinda Rennie Kapolo ku chigumula yu?

  10. ngongoliwa says:

    A madise, wy sell ur integrity??

  11. maso ngozo says:

    Respect! Dingiswayo is friend to Walter. Walter was at BSS whilst Dingi @ HHI. They used to interact. Graduated same year from Secondary and met at Chancellor college.

  12. Munthu says:

    Anthu sakukufuna Wallter

  13. Luton says:

    Water with all these you still feel and believe that you have the legitimacy to run fam. Are you a man who does not care about your integrity. It’s quite obvious that Malawians are not happy in my view that you are serving a 4th term. I am made to believe that you don’t love Malawians or malawian football all you love is the status of FAM presidency. But for wat?? My opinion is that wina aliyense wokakamira udindo is a bad leader. Chimakhala kuti chilipo akubisa. See Blatter, Nkuluzizi, Mugabe and many more. I belive integrity is a must. We need to protect it. Mandela died a honourable man

  14. Ma says:

    Even uf you postponed the dates there’s no way Mijiga m’bale wanu would have won the elections please give us a break and wait for 2019 ikatha term ya Walter Period!

    Lose with dignity. As for my 3 unlearned judges ( too much corrupt thieves in dpp you protect) go well and thanks for your little contribution and be assured anzanu enanso ma “learned judges” will take over mipandoyo and mwachita bwino kuchoka as your scheme to usher in Mijiga flopped, sorry.

  15. inayakeinayake says:

    If malawi has a corrupt judge all fingers point at Madise. Come to Mzuzu and verify all the assets he has amassed within this short period of time. Check his financial statements and ascertain whether the capital is in tandem with with emoluments obtained and you know what I am talking about. Judge shopping at its best.
    Bravo to those who don’t want to be associate with the corrupt and unaccountable FAM. Football in Malawi has gone backwards. Fifa is equally corrupt for being part and parcel of this charade. Malawi deserves better.
    Viva Malawi. Viva better Administration at FAM. Viva change at Fam.

  16. My fellow Players and Supporters, I hope we now know what to do. Yes we don’t vote for the FAM execituves but atleast we can devise a way of teaching Walter a lesson and correct the wrongs in our game of football. Should we continue playing or supporting footbal for the benefit of FAM executive this way? FIFA and Malawi government have been sponsoring footbal including that of women. Do we feel this sponsorship? Remember, we can make this illegal FAM president to walk the right path if we take action. Otherwise, he is only ready to “harvest ” alone as he puts it.

  17. BMW says:

    Walter anakhwimila zinthuzi. 4 wives 4 terms. Amayendera four four

  18. Nyenyezi says:

    That’ s very commendable, that’s the type of spirit that is lacking among many Malawians. Achuluka ndiwodzikonda, akangowapatsa chibanzi, basitu ali koma Walter yemweyo, zopusa basi. Everyone including a 10 yr old knows that the procedures were not followed and it was good that the elections were postponed but some greedy Humba type of people thought otherwise amaganizira ma Flat screen anagulilidwawo kuti akabwenza bawanji. Malawi will never develop with this type of greedy people like Humba and others. By the way how can they release a list of delegates to the meeting two days to the election day, amati ma candidate enawo akawafikira nthawi yanji anthuwo? Walter ngati chilipo chomwe ukubisa ndi Suzgo Nyirenda wakoyo, know that, chinauluka chidzatera ndipo 2019 sikale, Malawians will know zonse mwakhala mukuba ku FAM ndipo ndipamene mutalimve dziko la Malawi kuwawa. Well done FAM Appeals Committee, you have taken a good path, its good to preserve your intergrity as lawyers.

  19. Gadabwali says:

    Zaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! zenizeni!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. ganganfuno says:

    Mbwenumbwenu imavutisa palipose

  21. Joyce Mmbava Yayikulu says:

    Mwaona vuto la atumbuka kukonderana, uyo mukuti Dingiswayo Madise anali jagali jagali kuthandiza ambwenumbwenu amzake kuti abwererenso mipando.zitsiru za anthu

  22. Mugonapamhanya says:

    Let him go. Malawians, let’s imitate their example, when you make a mess is the best time to go.

  23. Eye Witness says:

    I don’t want to see this fool called Walter at Nyasa Bullets Games. We are not idiots.

  24. MAYE says:

    That’s the way we should be taking. Even if I was the one sindikanapitiliza. I feel sorry for Malawi

  25. Tk says:

    Idiomatic expressions for heavy rain is “raining
    cats and dogs” so can never be a drizzle.

  26. Malawian!!! says:

    Hehehehhehehehehehehededededede!!!! K300, 000.00 each has begin to bite.

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