Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) has disclosed that it will provide grants ranging from K200,000 upwards to all its affiliate bodies that have offices as a way of encouraging briefcase associations establish their own homes.
This was disclosed by president of the Malawi national Olympic committee Oscar Kanjala after the body held its annual general meeting (AGM) in Lilongwe where the issue of briefcase associations took centre stage.
“We have been encouraging our affiliates to enter into sponsorship agreements and partnerships with various companies and organisations but this has been difficult for most of the associations because they have been operating in cocoons. It is difficult to reach out to most of the associations because their operations are handled by individuals.
“If there are people in offices to handle operations of associations, communication and visibility of that body becomes easy,” said Kanjala.
The Moc boss disclosed that his organisation has set aside funds to boost operations of affiliates that have offices.
“We will be providing grants ranging from K200,000 going up to affiliates that have secretariats. This is just an administrative support and the associations will decide the area that needs support within their secretariats,” said Kanjala.
Moc has about 30 affiliates but only a handful of them have offices. Football Association of Malawi, Netball Association of Malawi and Athletics Association of Malawi are amongst the few that have offices.
One local association- Chess Association of Malawi got a grant of US $10,000 (About K4 million) from its mother body International Chess Federation (Fide) last year to establish an office but the body, which is led by People’s Party former Parliamentarian Kezzie Msukwa ended up squandering the money on other activities.