Malawi Boxing Association wants Council board to preside over elections

With less than 48 hours before Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) goes to the polls, the body has written its mother body Malawi National Council of Sports not to involve the secretariat during the polls slated for Sun Village Hotel on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

According to a leaked document signed by outgoing Maba president Ladda Chimbalanga, the decision to bar Council secretariat from presiding over the polls was arrived at during a recent meeting attended by four of the six Maba executive members in Liwonde.

The letter does not specify reasons for barring the Council secretariat but Nyasa Times has information that some of the contestants were accusing Council of campaigning for Nanthuru and his camp, a charge the Council has denied.

Saopa: Vying for committee member post
Saopa: Vying for committee member post

Those who attended the Liwonde meeting include Chimbalanga, his deputy Henry Sakala and executive members Pyson Likagwa and Abdul Nkata.

General Secretary Arthur Nanthulu and treasurer Sekani Mkandawire did not attend the meeting. The two have since dismissed the letter, accusing their colleagues of fearing the unknown.

The Maba polls have seen the executive divided with Sakala and Nanthulu fighting for the presidency while Nkhata is challenging Mkandawire for the post of treasurer.

Others, who are vying for the presidency include George Banda from Karonga and Steve Zingwangwa from Lilongwe.

Captain Eric Masenda and Steven Moyo from Mzuzu are gunning for the vice presidency with Mbachichi Nyirenda from Blantyre, Maxwell Tsitsi from Lilongwe and Taonga Tembo also from Lilongwe eyeing the general secretary position.

Elson Mankhomwa from Blantyre is the sole candidate for the post of vice general secretary.

Salome Manyau, Harry Tilingamawa, Pyson Likagwa, Bester Saopa and Shadreck Namalimba will be battling for four executive member posts.

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