17 January 2013

Zambia Boxing Board Threatens Promoter With Prison Sentence

The Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (ZPBWCB) says it will institute legal proceedings to seek a maximum six months prison sentence punishment on suspended boxing promoter Anthony Mwamba if he does not own up to his wrongs.

Board Secretary, Ben Saili says Mwamba who has complained against the three months operation ban on his Exodus Stables, has been eluding statutory fees for six years.

Mwamba was quoted by Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation with female boxing icon Esther Phiri complaining that that the ban would affect the 10 times World super lightweight champion who recently announced a break from the sport.

But Saili says Mwamba has been breaking the law and hiding behind the success of Esther Phiri.

"Esther has nothing to do with his unlawful conduct. The Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Act (Cap 156 of the Laws of Zambia) is specific and it is a law of the land. Mr. Mwamba has been breaking the law with impunity and thinks he can hide behind Esther's success.

As a Board, we cannot sit by and let Mr Mwamba steal from the people of Zambia and expect to be given preferential treatment. He is a law breaker who must be punished. We have exercised leniency by not imposing the maximum sentence which in this case warrants a prison term of up to 6 months. Let him serve his ban and not pray on the sympathies of the general public," he said.

Saili said if Mwamba is aggrieved, he should follow the right channel of appeal to the Minister of Sport Chishimba Kamwili, but hastened to re comment the upholding of Mwamba's ban.

"We shall make submission to the Minister stating the full extent of his actions and it is our sincere hope that the Minister will not set a bad precedent by lifting his ban," said Saili

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