Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Malinzi, Wambura, Nyamlani Cleared

THE Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Elections Committee has dismissed objections tabled against eight candidates for the forthcoming federation's general elections as well as that of the Tanzania Premier League Board (TPL Board).

The committee under Chairman, Deogratius Lyatto, convened on Wednesday to hear and determine objections filed against candidates for both, TFF and Tanzania Premier League Board (TPL Board).

TFF General Secretary Angetile Osiah said yesterday that the committee thoroughly went through each and every objection and it satisfied itself beyond reasonable doubts that majority of the objections lacked grounds and substantial evidence.

"Most of the individuals who filed objections against the candidates did not attach required evidence to substantiate their claims, others did not turn up to defend their case, while others decided to withdraw their objections," said Osiah.

This means TFF presidential aspirants, Athumani Nyamlani and Jamal Malinzi and as well as Michael Wambura, who is eying the Vice-President post have been cleared to go ahead with the race. Two objections were received against Nyamlani's candidacy and one against Malinzi.

In what seemed to be a dramatic turn of events, the committee has also quashed an objection against Wambura, who for the past five years has seen his attempts to stand for various leadership posts at different levels been frustrated for what was deemed to be 'lack of integrity'.

Last year, his name was dropped from the list of the aspirants during the general election of the Football Association of Mara (FAM), following an objection by some candidates. Wambura, who eyes the TFF vice presidency, was facing objections from Josea Msengi and Said Rubeya.

Other candidates who were facing the objections but have been cleared are Yusuf Manji and Hamad Juma, who are vying for the post of the TPL Board chairmanship, as well as vice-chairman aspirant Said Mohamed. Daniel Kamna and Juma Magoma, who filed objections against Manji claimed that the Yanga Chairman lacked experience and has failed to protect the club's constitution. Frank Mchaki had filed objection against Said Mohamed.

Other candidates who have seen objections against them being cancelled are Epaphra Swai, who is eyeing the executive committee membership from Zone 3, which includes Shinyanga and Simiyu regions. He was facing two objections, filed by Ramadhani Sesso and Tsotsie Chalamila.

There were three objections against Eliud Mvella, who is vying for the executive committee membership representing Iringa and Mbeya regions. Jeremiah John and Wambura raised objection against Athumani Kambi, another candidate eyeing the executive committee membership from Lindi and Mtwara regions. The country's football governing body, TFF, will hold its general elections on February 24 in Dar es Salaam.

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