Zambia: Weightlifters AGM Flops Again

ZAMBIA Weightlifting Federation (ZWF)'s elective annual general meeting (AGM) last weekend again failed to take off after affiliates asked for another postponement.

The affiliates, who claimed to have busy festive season programmes, demanded that the ZWF council meeting be deferred to a later date.

But a fuming ZWF secretary Dominic Mutale warned that this was the last postponement the executive would accept and said the new date for the meeting would be January 12.

The AGM had been postponed twice before last weekend's failed attempt.

Mutale said the continued adjournments showed lack of seriousness from the members, warning that next time the meeting would go ahead even if some clubs decided to stay away.

"We postponed the AGM because clubs asked us to do so. They said most members would be engaged in other programmes at work or elsewhere during the festive season and we agreed but I must warn, this is the last postponement we are accepting," he said.

The AGM was initially set for early November and later moved to the monthend but the resignation of ZWF president Stanley Simukoko forced another postponement.

December 29 was picked as the last date for the august gathering.

Mutale said the venue remained Kitwe Playing Fields (KPF) and that the meeting would start at 14:00 hours.

With Simukoko standing down after leading the association for four years, two officials have come up to contest the vacant position.

Former ZWF president Chanda Sichinsambwe put his name forward for re-election against former national weightlifting champion, Mutale Masala.

Mufulira's Kinfrey Musoyowa will contest the vice-presidency and remained unopposed for the election whose nominations close on Monday.

Mutale is himself seeking re-election as secretary just like Kalenga Ngoya for the vice-secretary position and both officials are still unopposed.

Daniel Chabala of Mufulira is vying for the post of treasurer while two committee member candidates are Maxwell Muswema and Eston Kapembwa.

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