Mwai Kumwenda rejects ‘private issues’ claims: Cheers new babies, moms at Chikwawa Hopsital

Malawi netball professional  Mwawi Kumwenda has rejected claims  by head coach Mary Waya that she could not join the squad for England because she has “private issues”, saying that is utterly false.

Mwai admires a newborn baby.

Mwai admires a newborn baby.

Mwawi cheers the patients

Mwawi cheers the patients

Mwai in the hospital ward

Mwai in the hospital ward

Mwawi with the mothers

Mwawi with the mothers

Waya told Nyasa Times on Saturday night after Malawi Queens lost 65-44 to England at the University Arena in Worcester that Malawi’s sole netball export who was not part of the squad “has her own private issues, when she finishes with her private issues, she will join us.”

But Kumwenda in a telephone interview from Blantyre on Tuesday told Nyasa Times that she has no private issues.

“What private issues? I have no private issues at all. My issues was the concern for the Netball Association to pay players allowances they owe them. That is not a private issue and I did not discuss this in private, I made my concerns clear and open,” she said.

Kumwenda earned the wrath of Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) when she pushed the association to pay Queens players their allowances owed to them about K100 000 ($200) each from the 2013 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in London.

“I do not want to continue discussing this matter in the media but I have no private issue, please,”  she said.

The shooter who plies her trade at Easiyo Tactix Netball Club in New Zealand said she was committed to play for Malawi Queens.

“I am always willing to play for Malawi. I am patriotic and will do all my best to help Malawi Queens shine,” said the towering netball star.

Meanwhile, Kumwenda continues with her countrywide tours meant to give out the over K5 million (about $10 000) worth of items she collected from her friends in New Zealand .

The tour  which she started in the northern region took her to to Chikhwawa District Hospital in the south on Monday where she distributed some clothes to over 40 mothers and babies in the paediatrics ward.

Kumwenda was accompanied by Diamonds’ shooter Wezzie Mzembe and Alliance Capital Sisters’ centre Maria Lameck, said she wants every item donated from New Zealand should reach intended people.

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godobaman
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mwayi ambuye akudalitseni ndithu ndipo achina mery waya ayenda ndipo wadya ndalama koma palibe chomwe wachita chothandiza anthu koma ntchito maboza pomwe achina chinunda aaaaaah awo ndamphawi chakula ndi nsanje ndi ufiti

BEAM
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MWAI LEAVE THESE STUPID SOUTHERNERS THEY ALWAYS THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN THE REST PEOPLE FROM ENTRE AND NORTH.THEY ARE SO STUPID ITELL YOU. IF YOU GO AROUND LILONGWE YOU WILL FIND THEM IN ABUNDANCE AS IF ITS THEIR HOME THESE THIEVES.

Malindi buoy
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I think a Mary mwayamba kale kudzimva.. …….ngati umaona zoti pali private issue, why not handle that privately….. Tikhozatu kukuchotsapo ndi chindunda wako yemweyo pamipando yathuyo

nyakaronga
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My fellow Tumbuka’s just be proud of urself don’t waste time with stupid arguments.amadyeka ndiwowo amene ali ndi chinthu kumtima kwawo. We are all one b4 God but anthu ena amafuna adzitilekanitsa.

BOKOHARAM
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I dont know some people are fond of dividing this country tribalistically .is there any need of mentioning a tumbuka why are you always having thicks with tumbuka people yet there the ones who have malawi pround in most sectors.Mwai is a realistic player

Nzeru za akulu
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Amwai just humble yourself for not to be humbled……i smell no future in you….mark my words

Mphwache
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We all know what happens. Government/Sponsors give money to NAM in support of a planned tour. NAM puts money in a fixed deposit, when this matures they share the money between the officials, then travel out, do their shopping (mostly MRA boys don’t even charge them for duty purposes as Malawi Ambassadors). They sell the stuff on the local market and then pay out players allowances. Sometimes these deals don’t pan out, hence no money for the girls. Various schemes are used, eg: The officials buy players uniforms, shoes, balls etc, which they sell to NAM at higher prices, and… Read more »
swiswiri mbewa
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Mwayi has a valid reason to boycott playing for the Queens. NAM gets funding before flying out on official duties (tournaments). Official who accompany the players (often more than necessary) get their fat allowances in full yet the players who sweat it out get peanuts. To add salt to their injuries, part of their meager allowances is withheld or maybe misused by NAM officials. This may seem trivia but it does affect the morale of the players. Let us not take our hard working net ballets for granted.

WAMISALA ANAONA NKHONDO
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WAMISALA ANAONA NKHONDO

Problem with a tumbuka. patriotism means rendering services to ones country without expecting anything in return and wanting to put the country on the map. just keep quite you saboteur!

john mbuzi yatopa
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A BUBU mulibe nzeru. Mutu mumangodyera osati kuganizira. NAM is spending lots of money in other areas. Why not just pay these said allowances especially considering that Netball is one of the sport that put Malawi on the map. Currently things r not improving. Wake up NAM and BUBU. Have u bn paid trying to justify the wrong doings by writing a document that is big like the maize scam report?? Just pay them and we shud go back to watching classic netball. Remember that nothing is for free. They worked and they need to get paid.

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