DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
THE Midlands Amateur Boxing Association (MABA) has announced its preferred candidates for the Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) elective annual general meeting set for Nyaka Lodge in Kabwe.
And ZBF has extended nominations by a week and postponed the AGM to March 5.
ZBF general secretary Caesar Musuku said in a statement issued yesterday that nominations will remain open until February 29.
â€œAs directed during the recent meeting at the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development, the AGM has been deferred by a week. The secretariat shall receive nominations from eligible members until February 29,â€ Musuku said.
And presidential candidate Jack Mbewe has vowed to bring sanity to ZBF if elected into office.
MABA general secretary Christian Kalima said during a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that his executive has come up with a list of preferred candidates whom they believed will bring sanity to ZBF.
Kalima named other candidates as Bright Chomba for the position of general secretary, treasurer Philemon Musonda and Kasonde Silwizya as vice general secretary.
He said the association is still consulting on who to endorse for the vice-presidency because the position has attracted a lot of interest.
â€œWe want people who can change the vision of boxing and we feel these are the right people to spearhead the development of boxing. We shall announce our preferred vice president later,â€ Kalima said.
Embattled incumbent president Thomas Chileshe is also recontesting his position.
And Mbewe said he will firmly handle matters and ensure sanity is restored in amateur boxing.
â€œWhen you are in leadership, you are responsible for your subordinatesâ€™ behaviour. I will put up strong measures to ensure we give independence to sub committees so we can do away with corruption,â€ he said.
On national team coach Kennedy Kanyanta, Mbewe said the trainer was acting on instructions and will not face any wrath because Zambia has limited personnel in the coaching field.
Meanwhile, MABA fundraising committee chairperson Christopher Malunga said the K25,000 budget to help run logistics before and during the AGM will be met.
7Eleven, a liquor store, has pumped a total of K10,000 while G-Greens has donated K1,000 towards the budget.
â€œWe need accommodation, transport and all other to ensure we have a successful trip to Kabwe. That is why we came up with this fundraising committee to ensure we have enough money to see us through,â€ Malunga said.
Meanwhile, Southern Province Amateur Boxing Association (SPABA) have taken the ZBF executive to task over the manner in which it is organising the elective annual general meeting, ROBINSON KUNDA reports.
â€œSouthern Province Amateur Boxing Association is not happy with the manner in which ZBF election will be conducted. Already we have seen corruption and biasness. In the first place we never received any invitation letter or affiliation fees for the 2016 boxing season for the meeting,â€ SPABA general secretary Blackie Mantele said.
He demanded that the elections be held in free and fair atmosphere and that nominations should be allowed on the floor.
DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka