The Northern Malawi Athletics Association on Sunday went to polls at Katoto Secondary School in Mzuzu and elected former Malawi award-winning athlete Always Zingire as their new chairperson.
Zingire, 30, an all-time 200m Malawi champion won unopposed after no-one contested against him.
He replaces another award-winning marathon runner Emmanuel Mulonya who is elevated to the Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) as Vice president after his election in Salima early this year.
“Iam grateful to earn the trust from fellow athletes and other members who have put me at the helm and I promise to deliver to pay back the trust,” he told the delegates and the press in his acceptance speech to lead the association for four year.
His vice is Stanley Tchuwa a teacher who out-classed his challenger and Malawi Army soldier Brasils Misasi by defeating him with 9-4 votes.
The secretary is journalist Sebastian Nyirenda who defeated out-spoken Vera Mbeya by 10 votes to 3. His vice is Efrida Mkandawire who went unchallenged.
The post of the treasurer has gone to Ken Phiri of Enukweni who defeated Aliki Phiri by 8-5 votes. Jane Msiska a teacher won the vice treasurer post by beating Christopher Munthali and Ndonga Mgemezulu by 6 votes against 4 and 3 respectively.
Committee members include Mbeya,Misasi,Mgemezulu, Munthali while Aliki Phiri is regional coach.
But speaking to spice it all, AAM Vice president Mulonya warned Zingire and his committee against embracing the values of their opposition saying they will be disciplined and get fired instantly for working against their goals.
“The opposition brings tension in AAM which frustrates us to develop the sport and we will not smile at that but fire you,” Mulonya warned.
Speaking at same ceremony, AAM vice Treasurer John Mwathiwa advised the chairperson to treat members with aggressiveness and love warning that favouring anyone would breed conflict in his camp.
On his part, Regional Sports Development officer for the North Malawi, Georgina Msowoya said the objective of ushering in new office bearers is to strengthen the association but she advised them to embark on a fundraising drive if they are to effetely bankroll the activities and the well-fair of the athletes.