THE World football governing body FIFA has maintained that FAZ elections should go ahead at today’s elective annual general meeting in Livingstone.
In a letter to FAZ, chief member association officer Veron Mosengo-Omba said FIFA expected the association to carry out the last step of its electoral process and did not anticipate third party interference.
Late Friday afternoon, government, through the National Sports Council of Zambia board, asked FAZ to halt the elections, alleging that the association did not issue a 60-day notice before the AGM.
The Council also cited the death of two candidates at presidential and vice-presidency level.
“During the period of waiting for FAZ AGM which was delayed partly due to the Covid pandemic, two candidates who were vying for the FAZ presidency and vice presidency unfortunately passed away,’’ said National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) chairman Patrick Mutimushi. ‘’It is only fair that those FAZ members who sponsored those candidates are given another opportunity to float another candidate. Having made these observations the board resolved that FAZ should hold on to holding the February 27th AGM until when highlighted outstanding issues are resolved. Proceeding with the elections may perpetuate antagonism in the association to the detriment of football development in the country.”
But records show that FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala issued a 60-day notice on January 23, 2020 since the AGM was scheduled for March 31 the same year.
Kashala immediately wrote FIFA, informing them about the latest developments and stated the illegalities being argued by the NSCZ which FIFA has responded to.
“…We acknowledge receipt of your correspondence of 24 and 26 February 2021 and its attachment, the
contents of which have been duly noted. In this respect, we kindly refer you to our letter dated 24 November 2020 (cf. enclosure) that is self-explanatory and which was notified to FAZ following our videoconference call held on 5 November 2020 with the participation of the Minister of Sports, the National Sports Council Chairman, the FAZ President and General Secretary, as well as one out of three invited alleged aggrieved parties in presence of his lawyer,” read the FIFA letter in part.
“We trust that FAZ is now in a position to carry out the last step of its electoral process which we understand regards the holding of FAZ elective general assembly on 27 February 2021. To this end, we would like to kindly recall on FAZ’s obligation to organise its elections in line with the requirements of its statutes and regulations and without undue governmental or third-party interference as provided in FIFA Statutes (cf. art. 14 par. 1 lit. i) and art. 19 par. 1 of FIFA Statutes). In any event, FIFA will monitor closely the elective general assembly virtually….”