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IT IS over 420 days when Andrew Kamanga became president of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ).
Last week, Kamanga was elected to the seven-member FIFA audits and compliance committee for a period of four years.
This was at the just-ended FIFA Congress in Manama, Bahrain.
This monumental election was through a block vote. There was no request from at least ten member associations to warrant an individual vote for each candidate.
Kamanga was nominated by Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad to represent Africa on the committee.
He replaced former CAF vice-president Suketu Patel.
The results of the vote was 194 for yes and six no for the 200 who voted.
It was an overwhelming vote.
A simple majority was required for Kamanga and six others to be elected. That is a minimum of 101 votes but a 97 percent vote was achieved.
FIFA membership eligible to vote at the Congress, the supreme and legislative body, stands at 211.
Article 51.7 of the FIFA statutes spells out one of the functions of the committee: “The audit and compliance committee shall advise, assist and oversee the Council in monitoring FIFA’s ﬁnancial and compliance matters, and monitor compliance with the FIFA governance regulations. It shall supervise the general secretariat.”
It was the first time a Zambian was elected to such a high office of FIFA. The significance of Kamanga’s quick ascension into the higher echelons of world football must be understood from the point that the Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) executive committee member and other candidates for the election to the audit and compliance committee, and the three judicial bodies (the appeals committee, disciplinary committee and ethics committee) faced independent integrity checks.
A fraudulent person cannot penetrate through these.
FIFA, in emphasising the caliber of candidates elected alongside Kamanga had this to say: “The proposed list of candidates for the audit and compliance committee, governance committee and the judicial bodies was agreed to following a thorough consultation process involving FIFA and six confederations The decision on the final list of candidates was then agreed to unanimously by the FIFA Council.
“These individuals have been chosen because they are recognised, high profile experts in their respective fields. Moreover, they better reflect the geographic and gender diversity that must be a part of an international organization like FIFA,” the statement posted on the FIFA website read.
Kamanga is a man of integrity who has excelled in his profession. A peek in his professional papers reveals that the 50-year-old career chartered accountant emerged from the University of Zambia Ndola campus (UNZA-NDO now Copperbelt University) armed with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree in 1990.
He later completed his management accountancy studies at the London City University in the United Kingdom in 1994 following two years there and later obtained a Msc degree in energy and environmental technology and economics at the same institution.
Kamanga has previously worked for accounting firm Price Waterhouse and auditing firm KPMG among others.
He was also head of the Economic Regulation department of the Energy Regulation Board.
In 2001, the Kabwe born established his own energy and financial advisory firm; Enfin Solutions Limited.
Six years later, the successful businessman set up North Western Energy Corporation. It is a power utility company that distributes electricity to Lumwana mine, Kalumbila mine and parts of Solwezi.
Unlike standing committees whose members are appointed by the executive committee, members of the audit and compliance committee are elected much in the manner reserved for the powerful organs of FIFA such as the presidency and the executive committee.
This is a similar requirement for those who wish to contest FIFA Council elections too.
It was not surprising to hear FIFA president Gianni Infantino declaring war on the corrupt at the ended Congress.
FIFA statutes of April, 2016 article 27. 8 states that: “Candidates for the positions of chairperson, deputy chairperson and members of each of the audit and compliance committee and the judicial bodies must pass an eligibility check carried out by the Review Committee in accordance with the FIFA Governance Regulation.”
Kamanga, himself, reacted thus: “I am humbled. We are setting high standards for Africa. We have embarked on reforming Zambian football administration anchored on transparency and accountability. I am grateful to the CAF president [Ahmad Ahmad] and the FIFA president for the confidence shown in my abilities.”
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