The Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda is mum on whether she would reconsider her decision not to seek another term during the forthcoming elective general assembly in April.
Chinunda, who was re-elected in 2013 and has been at the helm of local netball governing body for three terms, recently announced that she would not seek re-election to pave the way for new blood but she kept a tight lid on the possibility of changing her mind.
This comes at the backdrop of the credit Chinunda’s leadership recently obtained after securing a K600 million sponsorship deal from Rach Family Trust within a month of parting ways with Airtel Malawi at the expiry of K360 million three-year sponsorship deal.
“I announced that I will not seek re-election but I do not have an immediate answer on whether I would rescind my decision if netball lovers ask me to continue. I cannot answer that question now,” Chinunda said yesterday.
Malawi sports history has shown that leaders can make a U-turn on their initial decisions to step down.
For instance, last year Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu initially indicated that he could not seek re-election but later changed his mind to have one more term and he excelled.
Nevertheless, Chinunda said NAM will at the end of this month have an organisational meeting ahead of the polls.
“We will sit down and discuss the actual dates for the polls and how they would be funded. However, it must be said that the elections will take place in April,” Chinunda said.
According to Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) executive secretary George Jana, NAM must find own means of funding their elective assembly as government will not be responsible.
“Our policy does not provide for funding associations’ meetings. If they [associations] fail to finance their own meetings, do they really deserve to exist? All we have advised NAM is to live by their constitution and convene their annual general meeting [AGM],” Jana said.