Kinnah was not reporting for duties – Official

Barely a few days after  Malawi football legend Kinnah Phiri accused Sports Ministry officials of sabotaging his contract, a top official at the Ministry has revealed that the former Flames international was not reporting for duties after being hired as Director of Football.

Kinnah: Branded job absconder

Kinnah recently told a local daily that government did not renew his contract due to the influence of two unnamed officials at the Ministry, whom he said did not wish him well.

However, a top official at the department has confided in Nyasa Times that the former national team player and coach was always absent from work.

“It is unfortunate that he is implicating innocent people for his own failures. The man was not reporting for duties and actually the number of days he absented himself from work exceeds the number of days he reported for work. You can verify this with anyone at the Ministry,” challenged the official.

Quizzed if  the former Flames’ great was cautioned about his behavior, the official said: “He was being cautioned but you must be aware that his was a political appointment by the DPP regime, which created the post specifically for him and then came up with another post of director of netball.

“ It was, therefore, difficult for his superiors to control him and the only best option was to recommend against his contract renewal.”

Before being offered the position of director of football, Kinnah had joined politics as a UTM member but when the prospects of him becoming a Member of Parliament for the then opposition UTM were getting thin, he dumped the party after purportedly being approached by DPP gurus and offered the senior government post.

The DPP administration, however, did not renew his contract while that of director of netball Mary Waya was renewed.

Kinnah says he is now struggling with life in the wake of Covid-19 and was recently summoned by Sports Minister Ulemu Msungama over issues surrounding his contract.

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CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
9 months ago

Golden football days are entombed in the past. Kinnah must be taken on board as a director. He may spend his last days on this land wishing he weren’t born this job mirage is a torture to him as he is fresh car ownership wrangles. Football administration should also include personal administration. You made our radio days glorious as the flames trounced Zambia in the 1970s

Shatta
Shatta
9 months ago

The hard fall from grace. The story of Kinnah Phiri.

Politics isn’t for the faint hearted.

Kinnah did not envision UTM to govern Malawi one day. That is what we call short-sightedness.

Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
9 months ago

It’s a pity that when our light is shinning one day the light may go dim and needs replacement. All professionals who have short life span of their careers should be aware of this fact, instead of being masters of media hype in front of TV cameras and news headlines. Reality will come checking on you on your old age and it might be too late to garner sympathizers

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Kinnah lives in Mzuzu and married a young woman and that is what is keeping him busy.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

much of of what bosses do at most. then the juniors follow kumangobera masiku olandila akayandikila mma ofesimu..
civil servant .eetu.
kulandila zaulele.
ndimadabwa ndikamava anthu Malawi is a British protectoraye .ai tinaphuzitsodwa ndi ma ma British
ndife british commonwealth
BODZA . eni ake sapanga tiicita ifezi.
m british pays you for the minute you have worked or contracted with him osati ulesi ndi kunyada tili nao kunoku.
GUYS!!! MOST OF US ARE LAAAAZYYYY. IAND I MEAN LAZY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.

Wiza
Wiza
9 months ago

He messed himself up. Tiyambe ulimi panopo

Marumbo
9 months ago

Kina the person is a flop administratively. It is only his name which is popular but not his abilities. He was lucky to be given the post of Director of football via backdoor by his fellow akwithus but he has nothing to show for that position. He is only good at buying sympathy through the tumbuka infested media.

Last edited 9 months ago by Marumbo
Yusuf
Yusuf
9 months ago

God gave U a talent as a footballer but you are ungrateful

Mazembe
Mazembe
9 months ago

Kinnah is a very pompous guy and he thinks he is a MR KNOW IT ALL

Minister without Portifolio

Kinnah has served Malawi well. It’s time to honour him with a full retirement package – as a PS (principal secretary), National Sports.

Last edited 9 months ago by Minister without Portifolio
Keen Observer
Keen Observer
9 months ago

Agreed

Oonest
9 months ago

Misala eti.

Mulopwana
9 months ago

Come on. PS retirement???? Let be aware of employment conditions and prexedence that might cause. I beg to biffer.

Wachiyao
9 months ago

Ndiye fodyayo ameneyo. You mean he should become a PS after being relieved his duties as a Director? From the blues? Ngati mwatopa kagoneni musachitenso comment.

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