12 January 2013

Zambia: Weightlifters AGM Cancelled

THE Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) has ordered that the Zambia Weightlifting Federation (ZWF) annual general meeting (AGM) slated for today to be put off until the problems which have engulfed the executive committee are resolved.

SCZ vice-chairperson Mwamba Kalenga put a stop to the AGM yesterday in an interview in Lusaka, saying there was no way the meeting date could be set and held without the consent of the incumbent president's permission.

The ZWF is expected to hold its on-off-on AGM which incumbent president Stanley Simukoko claimed was illegal and was set without his consent.

"We are in support of the incumbent president because there is no way a meeting as important as an AGM can be set without his knowledge. So the AGM should not go ahead, let the executive sit down and resolve those issues before calling for an AGM.

"We shall be watching the events in ZWF closely and we expect the executive meeting to be chaired by Simukoko," he said.

Kalenga said that office bearers should have input in the AGM and that once the executive sat down, the meeting would be more orderly and respectable as the council would want to see.

ZWF secretary Dominic Mutale announced that the AGM would finally be held on January 12 at the Kitwe Playing Fields in Kitwe after being postponed twice and hinted that the sitting president Simukoko would not re-contest his position.

Two other people have stepped up to contest the ZWF presidency.

But in a dramatic turn of events, Sikukoko described the AGM as illegal as he was not consulted before the dates were set and also that he had informed the secretary not to call for a council gathering until various matters with affiliates were sorted out.

Simukoko, who is standing down as federation president, revealed that in his four-year tenure, none of the clubs had paid affiliation fees and the matter needed to be corrected now especially that there was an elective AGM.

He said clubs had not paid the K200 000 (KR 200) annual affiliation fee and requested them to be more responsive to the aspirations of the sport.

"Going ahead with the AGM will be like calling clubs from the streets, clubs that have not affiliated are not members and it will be like asking anyone on the streets to come to the AGM and even vote," he said.

The ZWF through Mutale last year announced that the council meeting would be held but a series of events have seen the AGM being rescheduled twice.

But Kalenga said going ahead with the meeting without the president's authority was a clear case of undermining the ZWF boss' authority.

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