Barely a day after a local daily reported that Silver Strikers’ executive committee faces questions on its legal mandate following the expiry of its two-year tenure of office, it has transpired that the club’s board of trustees led by former Flames coach Kelvin Mmangisa outlived its mandate long way back.
The Nation newspaper reported in its Thursday, April 23, 2015 edition that Silver Strikers executive committee has outlived its mandate after completing the two-year term provided in the club’s constitution.
Nyasa Times can also reveal that the club’s board of trustees outlived its constitutional mandate long time ago. This is according to Article 6.4 of the club’s constitution, which stipulate that the club’s trustees shall hold office for a term of two years.
Article 5.2 of the constitution further says the trustees shall be elected or appointed at the club’s annual general meeting (AGM) and there shall be five to seven board members. This effectively means the club’s board of trustees also acted illegally by appointing former club executive committee chairman Dr McDonald Mafuta-Mwale as a board member.
Mwale recently resigned from the executive committee citing pressure of work as the main reason but Nyasa Times had prior information before his appointment as a trustee that there was already an arrangement to incorporate him into the board of trustees.
If the club’s constitution has to be adhered to, Mwale has to wait for the club’s AGM to find his way into the board of trustees.
Former executive committee general secretary Owen Munthali who called upon the club to hold elections described the whole system at the central bank sponsored outfit as rotten.
“The whole system is rotten. I was general secretary of the club but I can’t remember when appointments or elections for the board of trustees were last held. The trustees have been there for almost eight years but nobody is bringing the issue of their constitutional mandate.
“I am not interested in any position at Silver Strikers but as a keen follower and former official of the club, I feel very sorry with the current state of affairs at the club,” said Munthali.
Another former official of the club, who did not want to be named alleged there has been massive abuse of financial resources at the club- hence the board and executive committee’s decisions to hand on after their constitutional mandates.
“They know that if a new board and executive committee come in place, those administrative malpractices will be discovered,” claimed the official, who was one of the framers of the constitution.
Club general secretary Mike Tembo was quoted in The Nation as saying the executive committee decided to hang on for a further two-years basing on recommendations from Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom), which reportedly advised clubs to extend terms of offices for their executive members to four years as per the bodies’ constitutions.
But both Fam and Sulom have rebuffed the club, saying the club administrators have to seek the mandate of electorate before applying the recommendation.
There have been no any ratifications for constitutional amendments at Silver since the current executive committee and board of trustees were elected.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :