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Dare me, Kambwili tells Matete


MINISTER of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili has warned of stern action against Samuel Matete if the former 100-metre hurdles world champion continues pushing him.
Kambwili maintained that Government will not tolerate the Matete-led Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) faction because it was not legally constituted but will instead recognise the Elias Mpondela-led executive.
Kambwili was reacting to a letter written by Matete’s lawyers, HH Ndhlovu &Co, informing the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) that the Matete-led faction was duly elected in an interim capacity at the annual general meeting held on December 27 at Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
“Kindly note that the court injunction did not postpone the said AGM but only allowed our clients to participate and contest for positions at the AGM.
“This initiative by our clients to form an interim committee must be commended by all sport-loving persons as the term of office for the Elias Mpondela-led executive expired on December 4, 2014 and they cannot at law continue to remain in office,” part of the letter from HH Ndhlovu &Co read.
But Kambwili has maintained that Government’s position not to recognise the Matete-led faction is final.
“I am the final authority as far as sports matters are concerned and I will be forced to act if they push me further. The NSCZ Act is very clear…. it states that no member association should take each other to court but Matete and his group have already committed an offence by going to court. Let them dare me,” he said.
Matete, ex-administrative officer Judith Chaongopa, former sprinter Carol Mokola and Christopher Manda were granted an injunction restraining ZAAA from barring them from contesting the elections.

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