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FAZ presidential hopeful goes to court to stop provincial workshops

FAZ aspiring presidential candidate Keith Mwewa has sued Football Association of Zambia general secretary Adrian Kashala for conducting provincial workshops or selection of provincial representatives for the Emergency Council meeting and the consequent elective general meeting.

Mwewa has sued Kashala in the Lusaka High Court seeking an order of interim injunction, later on interlocutory to restrain him from conducting the purported provincial workshops and or selection of provincial representatives, pending determination of arbitration proceedings in the interest of Justice and fair play.

In an affidavit in support of originating notice of motion and summons for an order of interim injunction, Mwewa said that he intends to contest for the position of FAZ president at the forthcoming elective general meeting slated for March 2020.

He said that as a candidate, he was concerned that the FAZ secretariat was conducting unconstitutional meetings in the name of ‘provincial workshops’ where they intend to elect and select their regional representatives at the Emergency Council meeting and the consequent elective general meeting.

Mwewa charged that the said elections and or selections were illegal in that the mandate to conduct elections for any FAZ organ is a mandate of the elections committee which is not in place yet (and) may only be put in place at the Emergency Council meeting to be held in February 2020 in terms of article 55 of the FAZ constitution.

“I could not expressly sue them to have their maneuvers cancelled by the court because article 63 of the FAZ Constitution provides for arbitration to which I have applied to the Zambia Centre for Arbitration to appoint an arbitration tribunal,” Mwewa said

He stated that Kashala was proceeding with the said illegal meetings, claiming that the first meeting was held on January 12, this year in North Western Province.

Mwewa feared that if the meetings were allowed to proceed, he would be disfranchised (deprived) in that by the time the arbitration proceedings would be concluded, the regional representatives who form a large part of the electoral college will have been illegally put into office to vote for their masters.

He further sought the indulge of the court to grant him an order of interim injunction later on interlocutory to restrain the respondent from conducting the said provincial workshops and or selection of provincial representative pending determination of arbitration proceedings in the interest of justice and fair play.

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