4 February 2013

Zambia: Anxiety Grips Roan Golfers

ANXIETY has gripped the general membership at Roan Golf Club following Government's announcement that the club will now be run by Luanshya Municipal Council.

Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili announced the take-over of the club last week and said the council would run it on behalf of Government.

The club was earlier earmarked for sale by the receiver of the defunct Roan Antelope Mining Corporation (RAMCOZ) but Government intervened.

With the takeover, the troubled golf club will now not be sold by RAMCOZ's receiver, who had listed 53 properties in Luanshya for sale.

The minister also said the club's executive committee had also been dissolved and directed the Luanshya Municipal Council to liaise with the Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) on naming the new management team.

However, the Roan Golf Club members said as much as they were happy that the club now belonged to Government, they were displeased with the coming on board of the council.

The members convened an emergency meeting on Sunday where they expressed their displeasure over events surrounding the future of the once vibrant golf club.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the club, the members said nobody was now willing to put money in the club.

"Nobody wants to put money in the club now. The sponsors feel their money will go down the drain," the members observed during the meeting held at the club house.

The other thorny issue raised by the members was the encroachment on the land belonging to the facility, which they said if left unchecked would choke the club.

"Houses have been built on three, five and 12 and we nearly had something on 15," the members said.

On the dissolution of the club executive, the members said nothing official had been received so far by the club.

Since February 11, 2012, Roan has been run by an executive of chairperson, Dilip Bodalia with the captain being Albert Kabaso.

When the committee took over the reins, the club only had K850,000 (KR850) in cash and K220,000 in stocks at the bar.

Bodalia's team also inherited a debt of about K15.5 million but the club's financial position has improved to about K44.9 million (KR44,966).

The club also received a donation of two green cutters and one gang mower from the world governing body, Royal and Ancient of Saint Andrews.

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