The cold war within the rank and file in Bullets camp has taken a new twist with the resignation of executive committee treasurer Noel Lipipa on Monday.
Lipipa, a business executive, who manages Lab Enterprises, cited discrepancies in the management of the club finances.
“The way the team’s finances are managed leaves a lot to be desired. There is a lot of unprofessionalism and to save my reputation I thought it wise to step down,” Lipipa said.
The soft-spoken treasurer said he was irked in the manner the chairperson Kondie Msungama and General Secretary Harold Fote transacted the change of Bullets Nedbank account as advised by the bank behind his back.
The bank advised the team to change the bank account name from Bullets FC to Bullets Limited to be in line with the name registered with Registrar of Companies.
“I only learnt that they collected another cheque book when a debtor [a Mr Wittika] came to me with a cheque amounting to K94,500 which was referred to the drawer. All along I didn’t know that they were in possession of another cheque book which they were drawing and depositing money without my knowledge as treasurer,” he said.
He said Msungama and Fote did not state convincing reasons behind the move when he contacted them.
Lipipa also said his objection to hire former Burundian coach Nswazwirwimo Ramadhan on short one month deal to work with the team at the cost of K1 million was disregarded.
“It doesn’t make sense that we should spend K1 million on Ramadhan when we have arrears for the players in the excess of a similar amount. As a treasurer I felt we could not afford such luxury looking at our financial position,” he said.
The outspoken Msungama claimed that Lipipa was aware of the whole process of changing the Bullets bank account and the acquisition of another cheque book.
“He is one of the five signatories to the account and how can he claim that he wasn’t aware of the transaction?” queried Msungama.
According to Msungama apart from himself, Fote and Lipipa Vice-chairperson Sadik Malinga and Vice-Treasurer Brian Ligomeka are also signatories to the bank account.
The chairperson also dismissed allegations that the club owe players outstanding arrears in the region of K1 million meant to pay Ramadhan for a short term deal.
Fote also claimed that they processed another cheque book in the absence of the Treasurer because he was not available.
“We could not allow his absence to stifle the operations of the club in terms of finances,” Fote said.
Bullets trustees chairperson James Busile said Lipipa’s resignation was rejected pending a meeting with the executive committee to resolve the issue.
Lipipa’s resignation comes two weeks after outspoken supporters chairperson Isaac Jomo Osman stepped down because of what he said financial mismanagement of the club.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :