Kambwili cautions associations

Vice President Guy Scott - R

SPORTS Minister Chishimba Kambwili has advised national sports associations against washing dirty linen in public.
Kambwili said it was unfortunate that people preferred to administer sports in the media and ignored the laid down channels of communication.
The Minister said it was sad that sports administrators in most cases decided to use the media as a means of airing their grievances when they could handle issues quietly without involving the Press.
“I always wonder why people want to do sports in the newspaper; but then if that is what they want to do let them continue and we will keep watching them,” he said.
He was referring to the recent case involving the Elias Mpondela-led Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) that has since changed its name to Zambia Athletics Association (ZAA) and former world 400 metres hurdles champion, Samuel Matete’s contract. The issue has since been resolved.
The new ZAA name has also conflicted with that of a non-governmental sports organisation going by the same detail.
The NGO was registered by the Registrar of Societies in 2006, while ZAAA recently changed its name after dropping the word amateur from its initial acronym to be in tandem with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
The NGO has since written to the Minister of Sport, seeking his intervention in the matter.
But Kambwili said there was no need for NGO-ZAA to worry unless if the change of name by ZAAA was done by a different Act saying it was possible if one of the two was registered by the Registrar of Societies, while the other was done by the Registrar of Companies a situation which he said could still be sorted out by the two institutions without engaging his office.
Kambwili advised the two associations to sort out the matter with the Registrar of Societies which was responsible for dealing with such issues.
He said it was a well known fact that the Registrar of Societies could never register two organisations bearing the same name.
He explained that there was nothing to be worried about because if such a thing ever happened then it could be corrected through the Registrar of Societies.
He however urged the two warring parities to visit his office if they were still not clear about the matter, saying he was willing to look into their situation if they were still not clear.