MUKWIMA CHILALA writes
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga’s decision to suspend executive committee member Elijah Chileshe on disciplinary charges is not backed by any law from the association’s 2017 amended constitution, says former committee member Blackwell Siwale.
Siwale said that the amended constitution was silent on the punishment of an erring elected member as it only prescribed recourse for an erring club on a football matter.
The former FAZ executive committee member has since called on embattled Chileshe not to accept his suspension, claiming it was null and void as it had no legal backing.
Siwale observed that it was surprising that Kamanga having rose on the premise of transparency and integrity could be seen to be keeping into office someone accused of fraud and in return suspend the one reporting the same to police.
“Mr Elijah Chileshe is only answerable to the congress and not Mr Kamanga because he is an elected member, Mr Kamanga should do the right thing by asking Mr Kashala (Adrian) to step down and let a person with a clean record to be at the helm of football and administer the game without any suspicion,’’ Siwale said.
“ I’m urging Mr. Chileshe to ignore the said letter of suspension with the contempt it deserves , the letter is null and void because it has no legal backing,” he said
And outspoken Mufulira-based soccer administrator Damiano Mutale was concerned with the continued banning and suspension of administrators by Kamanga since taking into office.
Mutale said the number of people banned in the last four years by FAZ was very alarming as it was giving an impression that the executive was out to silence critical voices to its administration.
According to Kamanga, Chileshe was suspended for allegedly breaching FAZ constitution when he reported General secretary Adrian Kashala to the Police for fraud without exhausting internal procedure.