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Boxing federation boss summoned over graft allegations

CHILESHE

ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
THE National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) has summoned Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) president Thomas Chileshe over corruption allegations raised by the Midlands Amateur Boxing Association (MABA) and Copperbelt Amateur Boxing Association (CABA).
MABA and CABA have accused Chileshe of corrupt practices and among other things claiming that the ZBF chief pocketed K400 from each of the seven boxers that travelled to Congo Brazzaville for the 2015 All-Africa Games.
NSCZ acting general secretary Emmanuel Chitembo said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Chileshe and his executive will appear before the disciplinary committee on January 9 to respond to accusations that CABA and MABA have brought out in their petitions.
“Yes, we received two petitions from MABA and CABA and as NSCZ we have taken a step. We have invited president Thomas Chileshe and his executive to appear before the disciplinary committee.
“MABA and CABA officials will not appear because we have already heard their side through the petitions that they have brought forward,” Chitembo said.
He has since advised the warring parties to stop fighting and wait for the NSCZ ruling.
“Our advice is that those that are quarreling should stop. We are working on finding a solution and all of them should wait,” Chitembo said.
But Chileshe has denied the allegations and has vowed to crack the whip against those that are allegedly tarnishing his name.
He alleged the petitions by the two affiliates are backed by people that want to overthrow him.

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