High Court Judge Dingiswayo Madise, who is also chairman for the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Electoral Committee has advised Fam to extend the Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) requirement to its affiliate bodies, when holding elections.
Madise gave the advise last Saturday after presiding over the screening exercise for the sole candidate of the vacant Fam executive member position Daud Suleman at Lilongwe Hotel.
Article 32 of the Fam statutes stipulate that aspirants for Fam executive positions must possess a minimum educational qualification standard of MSCE or its equivalent.
“My personal take is that the MSCE (or its equivalent) minimum requirement should apply to affiliates as well.
“If you are managing football as affiliates, you are doing so on behalf of Fam so the way we conduct Fam elections is the same way we should conduct elections for the affiliates,” said Madise in an interview.
The High Court Judge’s comments come fast on the heels of reports that a number of candidates ushered into the association’s affiliate bodies that recently conducted elections do not have MSCE.
Some are said to have served in the affiliate bodies for years without the required minimum educational qualification, which is also the standard set by the Malawi government through Sports Council for people running sports in the country.
Surprisingly, Sports Council does not caution Fam, whose leadership has enjoyed working with those that do not possess the minimum requirement over the years.
Council only showed its teeth over a decade ago, when it kicked out three members- Sameer Suleyman, Peter Chavula and Raphael Humba from the Fam executive for failing to produce MSCE certificates.
Humba is presently vying for the chairmanship of Southern Region Football Committee, where he is set to go unopposed.
And Suleman despite being the only one nominated for Fam executive post, he will have to present MSCE or an equivalent qualification.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :