By Draxon Maloya
Let Nyamilandu Exercise His Democratic Rights
Some keen football followers in the country have condemned individuals who are alleged to have approached the Human Right Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to bar the incumbent Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu from cintedting in the forthcoming FAM elections.
On Thursday the HRDC leader, Timothy Mtambo was quoted on one of the local radio stations telling the nation that his HRDC has been approached to bar Nyamilandu from contesting.
Mtambo further told the nation that the HRDC is looking into the matter to see whether there in an infringement of anyone’s right if Nyamilandu may decide to contest on any FAM position in December.
In a random interviews this publication conducted with one of the legal minds on the matter shown that the current FAM statutes do not bar anyone including Nyamilandu from contesting.
“The legal position of the matter at the moment shows that Nyamilandu is at liberty to contest as FAM president, and any effort to bar him fro doing so is persecution, let him contest if he is interested, the law says so,” he said.
And also commenting on the same, the former Malawi National Council of Sports and FAM committee member, Julius Mithi described those who went to the HRDC as deperate misguided opportunists.
“Let me tell you that football is governed by the rules which do not stop anyone including Nyamilandu from enjoying his right to contest if he may decide to do so,
” And I think those desperate misguided opportunists should think not think of using the HRDC to persecute any individual, the ground rules are clear for Nyamilandu to contest if he wants,” Mithi said.
However, the FAM president has not yet made any determination as to whether he’ will defend his presidency or not.
Meanwhile, the FAM ‘s first vice president James Mwenda, Karonga United Football Club owner, Alufeyo Chipanga Banda and former FAM boss Moses Mkandawire have already declared their interest to vie for the association’s hot seat.