ROBINSON KUNDA, Kabwe
CONFUSION erupted at yesterdayâ€™s Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) elective annual general meeting at Nyaka Lodge in Kabwe with presidential candidates Thomas Chileshe and Kennedy Mubita disqualified.
And Mubita bounced back as ZBF vice-president.
Chileshe was disqualified because he was only nominated by five clubs.
The ZBF constitution chapter 16.3 states that the candidate for presidency must be backed at least by 10 clubs.
Mubita was disqualified because the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) ruled that only nominations that were filed last year would be allowed.
The development meant that the presidency had no candidate and councillors agreed to postpone the election for the position.
The ruling also disqualified Jack Mbewe from the vice-presidency race because he submitted forms for the presidency last year.
After being disqualified, Chileshe disappeared from the venue and later former general secretary Ceaser Musuku also left before he could even vote for himself.
The councillors also differed on who should vote but the NSCZ guided that only clubs that have paid affiliation fees would be allowed to vote and in the process over 15 clubs did not participate in the exercise.
The councillors eventually agreed on the modalities of voting after a heated debate that lasted one hour 30 minutes.
And Mubita was elected vice-president with 25 votes against Austin Hambuba who got seven.
Bright Chomba bounced back as general secretary with a runaway 30 votes against Musukuâ€™s one.
Blackie Mantele got 29 votes battering Morgan Mwansa, who managed only one for the vice general secretary position.
Philemon Musonda was voted treasurer after beating incumbent Joseph Siame and Jimmy Mwape.
Musonda polled 32 votes while Siame and Mwape had zero apiece.
NSCZ board member Smart Mwitwa said Mubita would act as president until elections are held on a date to be agreed.
Earlier, some unruly delegates roughed up ZBF chairman of elections Kennedy Mvula who was perceived to be a Chileshe sympathiser.
Mvula landed in the hands of visibly drunk delegates on his way from the hall where the ZBF executive was having a pre meeting briefing with NSCZ officials.
The uncompromising delegates dragged Mvula for about 10 metres while hauling insults at him with some of them slapping him.
He was saved by Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions operations manager Christopher Malunga.
In another encounter, former national team coach Wisdom Mudenda had a showdown with under-20 coach Maybin Gunduzani after the latter was accused of insulting Exodus Promotions director Anthony Mwamba.
After exchanging bitter words, the two decided to take, the ring but Malunga separated them.
ROBINSON KUNDA, Kabwe