Concerned football citizens, led by former Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Charles Nyirenda, Flames legend Peterkins Kayira and Henry Gome have appealed to FAM Elections’ aspiring candidates to release their manifestos.
Speaking on Wednesday during a press briefing in Lilongwe, Nyirenda said candidates in the past unveiled their manifestos a week before the December elections.
“Affiliates need to have ample time to dissect the manifestos and make an informed choice on the promises,” he said.
Kayira said releasing manifestos earlier will give affiliates an opportunity to consult.
“FAM Elections candidates are voted by 36 members, but in reality their choice affects millions of Malawians who follow football in the country.
“As such, the affiliates need to consult widely with stakeholders when making a decision,” he said.
Central Region Football Association (CRFA) general secretary Bernard Chiwiriwiri Harawa agreed with the observation, saying they have raised a valid point.
“We urge candidates to come out now and inform the nation of their agenda,” he said.
National Youth Football Association (NYFA) president Chimango Munthali also said it is important for aspiring candidates to release their manifestos in good time.
“We agree that the earlier they do the better.
“This is true for any position and not just for presidential candidates,” he said.
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said that is the way things are supposed to be done.
“I am not privy to all the details of the press conference, but from what you have told me. It is a welcome idea and the right thing to do. All I can say, is that I will respond accordingly and come in the open soon,” he said.
FAM vice-president James Mwenda, who declared his interest to contest, said he could not respond as he was tied up in a meeting. Another aspiring presidential candidate Moses Mkandawire could not be reached for comment.