In what was supposed to be a media interface first of its kind called by the Football Association of Malawi( FAM) the event turned into a beer party as participants to the meeting had little to talk than boozing and feasting – Mapwevupwevu.
After getting one-too-many at Chiwembe Technical Ground, some scribes billed the party as FAM president Mac Millan Walter Nyamilandu’s campaign bid for the fourth term and seeking media friendly relations.
FAM through its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Suzgo Nyirenda called for the meeting to discuss issues that hinders the development of the game in the country and map the way forward but the meeting had done a little on the much awaited discussions.
Journalists were first taught the structures of FAM and the statues of the association which was amended and they were enlightened on the elections statues which talk about the nominations, and number of delegates to the Annual General Meeting of the association
Nyirenda also highlighted on number of success which the Nyamilandu led FAM has managed to do over the years,
They included FIFA Goal projects, Installation of artificial turf at Chiwembe, purchase of land in Lilongwe, purchase of MDC Stadium, establishment of Chiwembe hotel, introduction of replica jersey business and other TV and broadcasting rights for commercial purposes.
But as a manifesto sounding achievements were being touted, organisers were serving journalists with beer and snacks which compromised their participation in the meeting.
One of the participants to the meeting McDonald Malema from Malawi Broadcasting Corporations (MBC) from Mzuzu, described the meeting as “useless” as it had not met its expectations.
Calvary Family Church Television and radio journalist Joshua Malango also said the meeting was staged to lure journalists into supporting the Nyamilandu regime.
“Much as we applaud them for calling this meeting which is first of its kind, I strongly feel we could have done much better than what we have done. This was a beer party and wasteful to FAM resources,” he said.
Reporters from Blantyre were given K7, 000 each as allowance for the beer party and reporters from Lilongwe and Mzuzu were given K26, 000 as their transport and allowance.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :