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Munasha, 3 others knocked out of race

MUNASHA

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, MATHEWS KABAMBA, Lusaka
FOUR Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) aspiring candidates, including Nkana treasurer Alex Munasha, have been vetoed ahead of the elective annual general meeting billed for March 19 in Kitwe.
Munasha’s veto means that incumbent Rix Mweemba is unopposed for the polls set for Moba Hotel.
The electoral committee comprising Sukwana Lukangaba, Sokwani Chilembo, Mwamba Mutale, Bwalya Luo, Brian Msidi and Julio Chiluba met at Football House to verify the nominations.
Committee vice-chairman Chilembo said during a press briefing at Football House in Lusaka yesterday that the committee scrutinised all the 42 nominations received for various positions.
Chilembo said Munasha did not meet the requirements according to Article 5:2 of the FAZ constitution, which requires a minimum of four years to be eligible to stand as treasurer.
“Of these two nominations, the committee has satisfied itself that only one candidate has successfully filed in, and this is Rix Mweemba. The candidature of Alex Munasha has not successfully gone through before this committee on the basis that in accordance with Article 5:2 of the constitution, there is a requirement that you must be in football administration for a minimum period four years. The candidate does not meet the requisite and as such the committee has not validly accepted the nomination,” he said.
Chilembo said the committee received three nominations for the top position, five for the vice-presidency which have all gone through after verification, two for the position of treasurer and 32 nominations for committee members.
The three aspiring candidates for presidency are incumbent Kalusha Bwalya, Andrew Kamanga and Henschel Chitembeya while the vice-presidency race has incumbent Boniface Mwamelo, Pivoty Simwanza, Richard Kazala, Kephas Katongo and Mofya Chisala.
Chilembo said 29 nominations for committee member positions have gone through and named the three who have been vetoed as Zambia Daily Mail senior reporter Alex Njovu, Nkwazi secretary Adrian Kashala and his club-mate James Mpooma.
He said Article 26:6 sub- Article 5 of the FAZ constitution only allows one candidate to be sponsored by a particular club contrary to Nkwazi’s fielding of two candidates from the same club.
Kashala and Mpooma were disqualified on that ground while Njovu has never been a registered FAZ member according to records at Football House.
Chilembo said the aggrieved are free to appeal within the next seven days and the Appeals Committee, which is independent from the elections committee, will sit and make decisions within 14 days adding that decisions of the appeals committee are final.
The 29 valid nominations for committee members are Andrew Banda, Violet Bwalya, Eutrasia Chambeshi, Elijah Chileshe, Stanley Chilimunda, Jeff Chipilingu, Mike Chirwa, Francis Hafwiti, Arthur Kamulosu, Kabaso Kapambwe, Gabriel Kaunda, Lee Kawanu, Brenda Kunda, Jordan Maliti.
Others are Alex Mambwe, Kennedy Matashi, Nelly Miamba, Victor Mpundu, Joseph Mulenga, Happie Munkondya, Watson Mwale, Alfred Mwape, Gideon Mwenya, Lenny Nkhuwa, Felix Nsama, Timothy Phiri, Edwin Sisya and Blackwell Siwale.
Meanwhile, Munasha said he will appeal to the FAZ Appeals Committee.
“I am not surprised, this decision was not made today [yesterday] they made it a minute after I filed in. After filing in it they started celebrating that I don’t have the necessary documents; now they are saying I haven’t served long enough at club level,” Munasha said.

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