Boxing Sport

Mubita gives Chileshe conditions

MULWANDA LUPIYA, Ndola
ZAMBIA Boxing Federation (ZBF) presidential aspirant Kennedy Mubita says he will extend an olive branch to embattled president Thomas Chileshe if he assumes office provided he meets two conditions that have been set.
And former national cruiserweight champion Mike Chilambe has advised Chileshe to heed his predecessor Stephen Simpemba’s advice to withdraw his candidature ahead of tomorrow’s elective annual general meeting in Kabwe.
Mubita said in an interview in Kabwe yesterday that he is willing to work with Chileshe if he assumes office but the Kitwe businessman should apologise for allegedly mismanaging the affairs of boxing.
“I will extend an olive branch to Chileshe but on two conditions. He must first apologise to the public for mismanaging the affairs of amateur boxing and secondly he must pay back the money he got from boxers who went to Congo Brazzaville and pay back the money I deposited in his account, failure to which we will report him to relevant authorities so that they can institute investigations,” Mubita said.
Chileshe allegedly collected K4,000 from all the seven boxers and officials that were selected for the 2015 All-Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
Mubita also claimed he deposited K700 into Chileshe’s account when the National Sports Council of Zambia wanted to deregister ZBF for non-payment of affiliation fees.
When contacted, Chileshe said: “Sorry I have no comment over that. I can’t comment. Have you seen what the Minister of Sport has said in today’s paper?” Chileshe said.
Meanwhile, Chilambe said time is ripe for Chileshe to step down.
“He should heed Mr Simpemba’s advice and step down. He should not waste people’s time because all the provisional associations have spoken and they don’t want him. He is a failure,” Chilambe said.

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