FORMER Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) Zone-Four chess tournament director Bwalya Chileya has been elected Zonal chairperson after beating Moses Ntemena in the elections held at the Russia Centre in Lusaka.
In winning the two-year tenure of office, Chileya polled an overwhelming 33 votes against Ntemena's paltry two votes.
CFZ treasurer Dennis Nyemba, who was the Retuning Officer, described the elections held at the weekend as being free and fair saying they were held under a conducive environment.
Chess national champion Stanley Chumfya is the vice-chairperson after polling 32 votes against six for Charles Mununkila with the position of secretary going to Lackson Chansa, who was unopposed.
Stanely Ngulube and Lesily Chikuse both went unopposed for the positions of tournament director and deputy respectively as former Copperbelt Closed champion Andrew Kayonde also went unopposed for the position of treasurer.
Committee members are Linus Katebe, Kiddy Makwaya and Women Fide Master (WFM) Lorita Mwango.
And Chileya in an interview following his victory promised to improve accountability in the administration of chess funds in the Zone besides embarking on a club recruitment drive for the league and also financially assist clubs which were failing to cope.
Chileya said that both the Government and private schools will be also encouraged to participate in chess activities to help with development of the sport in Zone Four region.
Outgoing Zonal chairperson Kennedy Phiri said good leadership skills should help take the Zone-Four chess to greater heights and also organise more chess tournaments to ensure the leagues was running smoothly.
Phiri pointed out that he had left a capable generation to take the chess in zone 4 to the top level and thanked the Russian Centre of Science for providing the venue for Zone-Four league games.
He, however, said it was unfortunate that the Zone-Four had been running without sponsorship from the corporate world and hoped that next season, the league will be able to attract sponsorship.
When asked if he had shortcomings during his tenure, Phiri said that he had no problems at Zonal level except the unfortunate events where he had unfinished issues with CFZ because the mother body failed to give an audience the Zone-Four.