Kamanga Faces New Challenge

ALEX NJOVU [Lusaka]

WHILE the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) is seemingly full, it seems there is another matter that needs their attention. Copperbelt Division one side Konkola Mine Police says it is interested in sponsoring a candidate for FAZ presidency at the next year’s annual elective meeting.

But before doing so, it wants certain amendments to the electoral rules. In a letter to FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala signed by Konkola Mine Police secretary Kebby Shampongo and copied to the FIFA general secretary and National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) acting general secretary, the club argues that there are no electoral rules since the new FAZ constitution was adopted in 2017. “We’re interested in sponsoring a candidate to the forthcoming elections and, as such, we wish to bring to your attention pertinent matters,” the letter reads. “At the last election and even before, the elections were conducted under the FAZ.

Kamanga faces new challenge the FAZ presidency at next year’s elective annual general meeting. Konkola Mine Police wants changes to electoral rules But before doing so, it wants certain amendments to the electoral rules. In a letter to FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala signed by Konkola Mine Police secretary Kebby Shampongo and copied to the FIFA general secretary and National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) acting general secretary, the club argues that there are no electoral rules since the new FAZ constitution was adopted in 2017.

“The new constitution was repealed and a new [one] adopted at the AGM of 2017. We believe this necessitated a complete revision or repeal and adoption of new electoral rules. The new constitution requires the establishment of a two tier elections committee and, as always, an electoral code. “We believe the electoral code and names of office-bearers in the electoral committee should have been submitted for [FAZ] council ratification.

”Shampongo argues that while the 2017 constitution has introduced new qualifications, structures, regulations, as well as need for an election code, at no time has the FAZ council been requested to amend the old rules. “If the old electoral rules apply, the new constitution requires the council to amend it in keeping with new provisions,” he says. “Members of the two-tier elections committee have not been adopted by the FAZ Council. No proposal has ever been made in the last three AGMs.

Our understanding and informed legal overview is that the entire electoral process must be free from any internal or external interests and run independent of both the FAZ executive committee and secretariat. will be the supervisor? Both the electoral code and electoral committee are not in place to supervise elections – so under what [code] will the elections be conducted?” Shampongo has made a number of specific requests, including allowing members to suggest amendments to the electoral rules, a consolidated draft code to be prepared and distributed to members, FAZ executive committee to submit a list of names to sit on the elections committee and for a meeting to be held before January 14, 2020 to allow for 60 days’ notice before the AGM.

But FAZ vice-president Rix Mweemba described Konkola Mine Police as alarmists. “They’re just alarming FIFA for nothing,” Mweemba said. “Konkola Mine Police have always wanted to field a candidate for FAZ elections but we’ll not allow people to come into FAZ through dubious means. “There is no need to call for a council to put in place committees because we’ve the Electoral Commission of Zambia to conduct the elections as per the constitution. “We’ll not conduct elections ourselves because we are an interested party. What Konkola Mine Police officials are doing is uncalled for. They’re alarmists. We are transparent and accountable in our dealings.”

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