A Southern Region pool stakeholders’ meeting hosted by Malawi Pool Association (Mapa) in Blantyre on Saturday resolved that the South chapter hold polls on August 2.
During the meeting, an interim SRPC committee was elected. It is chaired by Enock Njiwa whose deputy is Davie Mallunga. Frank Chirambo, Charles Kaunda, Barnaba Kamwambi and Chinansi Lemani were elected as general secretary, vice-general secretary, tournament director and treasurer respectively.
Carol Chimwala, Lucy Vinkhumbo and Thandi Kaunda are interim committee members meant to prepare for the elections while filling the gap created by the dissolution of the Sam Phiri-led committee.
Concerns that pool was on its deathbed in the South after Mapa’s dissolution of the SRPC forced Mapa president Chikondi Mbewe and general secretary Saulos Thindwa to call for the meeting at Afro Motel in Blantyre.
“Instead of pointing fingers at each other, I propose that you should hold elections in the next 30 days and move forward to revive the game, which to be honest, has gone down,” said Mbewe before officials from the dissolved committee, including Phiri.
Earlier, Thindwa had called for all eight officials to empty their chests so that the misunderstandings could be ironed out. He justified the dissolution, saying it was arrived at by the whole executive after the South committee failed to justify its failure to hold elections. The rest of the regions held theirs.
Phiri said his previous committee was left helpless by Mapa’s decision to dissolve the committee when preparations for elections were at an advanced stage.
“Pool has gone down in the South and it is a great concern,” Phiri noted whereas former official Mallunga complained about clubs being denied their freedom to play pool.