Central Region Football Association (CRFA) vice-chairperson Simeon Lijenje and executive member Owen Munthali have asked the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to issue a fresh restriction order against regional elections.
The two officials’ petition comes after FAM wrote ACB telling off the anti-graft body to stop interfering with football electoral process.
FAM ordered fresh nominations and regional elections to be held within 21 days following ACB’s recommendations.
Lijenje said that, the association has ignored ACB’s recommendations to involve Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS), a development the two officials feel will make the electoral process compromised again.
The duo’s letter reads: “The directives issued by FAM have ousted MNCS officials from performing their oversight role, contrary to your recommendations.
“The directives issued by FAM have maintained the involvement of the conflicted regional association general secretaries in the nomination process, contrary to your recommendation.
“FAM has failed, refused and neglected to facilitate consultation between its affiliates and MNCS officials to develop guidelines for the conduct of free, fair and transparent nominations and elections.
“Since FAM has effectively declined to take the remedial actions designed to guarantee a credible electoral process, there remains a high likelihood that the proposed nomination process shall still be tainted with similar irregularities that attended the nullified process.”
Lijenje and Munthali also wants ACB to prosecute FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda and FAM executive committee for their actions.
Reads the letter further: “In our jurisdiction, the Constitution enjoys, supremacy vide section 5. Further, principles of national policy enshrined in the Constitution espouses values of accountability and transparency amongst others.
“The ACB is one of the statutory creatures enjoined with the duty to prevent corruption in both public and private bodies in fulfilment of the constitutional aspirations of the people of Malawi.
“As earlier indicated, even the Fifa and FAM statutes expressly abhor corruption and therefore prevention and/or investigations into suspected corrupt practices fails well within the purview of the governing statues and association rules.”
ACB spokesperson Egrita Mdala said she needed time confirm if the letter had reached the deputy director’s office.
But Gunda confirmed being copied the letter from the two officials and said the association will wait for the response from ACB.
“The letter has just been copied to us, so we will wait to hear the response from ACB,” he said.
CRFA general secretary Bernard Chiwiruwiru Harawa said the two were acting on their own behalf.
He said: “Those are the views of the two officials and not that of CRFA. It has nothing to do with CRFA. But they have the right to do so.