Table tennis war of words erupts

FORMER national table tennis trainer Benson Lengwe has claimed that the sport will soon die as long as its current president Charles Chenda remains at the helm of Zambia Table Tennis Association (ZTTA).

Lengwe claimed that Chenda had overstayed in the post and made sure no elective annual general meeting (AGM) was held to usher in new office bearers.

But when contacted for a comment, Chenda said Lengwe was not part of the association.

“Who is Benson Lengwe? He has never held the position of national coordinator contrary to his claims and he is not part of ZTTA, that is my comment,” he said.

Lengwe told the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday that the association had continued to be run by two people, the president and national coordinator Boyd Kabinda.

He said the four-year term of office for Chenda ended last year in March, but since then no elective AGM had taken place.

“Chenda has abrogated the ZTTA constitution which states that an elective AGM must be held every four years. His term of office expired last year in March, but now members are still waiting to know when the AGM will take place. He has been at the helm of tennis for over 15 years.

“It is still a two-man administration.  Chenda and Kabinda are the ones running the association,” said Lengwe.

He claimed that those that tried to criticize his style of leadership were either suspended or barred.

Lengwe appealed to the Ministry of Sports to intervene in the matter since efforts by National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) had failed to yield results.

“I am appealing to the Minister Vincent Mwale to help solve this matter before the sport of table tennis vanishes in Zambia.

“NSCZ seems to have failed to handle this matter. This is April, and no news of an AGM. We are tired of waiting.  When are they going to set the date?’’ he asked.

He said NSCZ was initially supposed to appoint an interim executive committee when the current executive’s term of office ended last year, but it seemed they were toothless.

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