IT IS shocking that Kalusha Bwalya’s presidential nomination was approved by the Legal Committee of FAZ when he is still being investigated for corruption allegations by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC), Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) presidential candidate Henschel Chitembeya has said.
Speaking in an interview in Lusaka, Chitembeya questioned the credibility of the Legal Committee to approve nominations of individuals under-going corruption investigations.
He said it was morally wrong for Kalusha to contest the forthcoming elections when he had not been cleared by ACC.
“Kalusha needs to be disqualified because he is still being investigated by ACC. What law are they using to allow an individual facing corruption charges to contest?
“Let’s look at FIFA, suspended UEFA president Michel Platini could not file for nominations because of the corruption charges. There is need to uphold morals in the sport for its development,” he said.
He called on ACC to quickly conclude the investigations before the elections rescheduled for March 29 to ensure councilors vote for credible leaders.
“ACC should swiftly conclude their investigations before elections are held. I am not declaring anyone guilty, but simply calling for a comprehensive report into the investigations to erase speculations. We have been left in the dark for a long time,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chitembeya said the axing of Nkwazi Football Club vice chairperson James Mpoma and his secretary Adrian Kashala from the committee members’ list was against the FAZ constitution.
“FAZ misinterpreted Article 26.6 (V) by saying the two were disqualified because they were nominated by the same club. The article says members of a same club cannot be elected for the same position. There is a difference between nominated and elected.
Nkwazi can even nominate their entire executive but it is up to the electoral college to elect one. Mpoma and Kashala’s disqualification was done wrongly and I hope the Legal Committee rectifies it soon,’’ he said.
He said it was surprising that the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) has continued to treat FAZ as an ‘‘untouchable’’ institution.
“I feel these are issues that NSCZ needs to clarify to ensure good governance is implemented. For how long are they going to remain silent over the failure by FAZ to uphold the constitution, hence denying innocent individuals from contesting,” he said.
Chitembeya and Andrew Kamanga will challenge Kalusha at the March 19 elective annual general meeting in Kitwe on March 19 at Moba hotel.