Entire Zambia Volleyball Association executive committee banned for five years

Zambia Volleyball
Zambia Volleyball
THE Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) has banned the entire Zambia Volleyball Association (ZAVA) executive committee for five years.

And Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) vice-president South, Conrad Musonda also felt the SCZ’s wrath after he was handed a three-month ban while the Zambia Amateur Boxing Federation (ZABF) and the Zambia Pool Union (ZPU) were severely reprimanded.

But the Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) had their ban reversed 12 hours later after the SCZ legal and disciplinary committee had dissolved the Elias Mpondela led executive and placed it under receivership of the SCZ.

These decisions were reached at during the SCZ legal and disciplinary committee day-long hearing chaired by board vice-chairperson, Emmanuel Katebe that sat at the National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC) in Lusaka on Saturday.

Acting SCZ general secretary, Mann Muchimba announced the decisions saying the punitive measures were meant to act as a deterrent to other associations against engaging is bad sportsmanship deeds.

In the ZAVA case, the SCZ dissolved the Gabriel Muyinda-led executive for allegedly bouncing a cheque emanating from the Zone Six Volleyball Championships held in Lusaka recently.

In addition to the dissolution, the SCZ has banned the entire executive from taking part in any sports activities for five years with implications threatening Muyinda’s positions on other sports related bodies.

Muyinda just got re-elected last month as National Olympic Committee (NOC) vice-president for a four-year -term and also sits on the health sub-committee of the International Olympics Committee (IOC).

Failure by the ZAVA executive to wait for their case to be heard could also have angered SCZ to unleash the stiff punishment on the members in absentia.

The matter was delayed from the scheduled 09:00 hours to 12:00 hours.

As for the ZAAA case, Muchimba said earlier that the Katebe-led committee concluded that ZAAA erred in leaving behind national coach Felix Mbuye when going for the World Championships and were being punished for that act.

“The entire ZAAA executive led by Elias Mpondela has been dissolved and placed under receivership of the council (SCZ) with immediate effect to pave way for fresh election within 90 days,” he said.

But an impromptu Press briefing was called yesterday where it was announced that the decision on ZAAA had been reversed.

“As you are aware, the legal and disciplinary committee met yesterday (Saturday) to hear disciplinary cases from its affiliates.

“However, I wish to notify the nation that upon receiving fresh information, the committee reconvened today (yesterday) and has decided to reverse the verdict meted out to the president and his executive committee of Zambia Amateur Athletics Association. The said information was not availed to the committee at the time of the earlier sitting,” Katebe said in a statement that was made available to the media.

Had the ban on ZAAA stood, it would have come against the background of the association posting major administrative successes including the clinching of a $50, 000 deal with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the development of Kids Athletics in Zambia.

The money is in the ZAAA executive account from which half is in form of cash while the rest is for equipment for the project. ZAAA has appointed First Lady Christine Kaseba-Sata as ambassador for the Kids Athletics Zambia programme.

Meanwhile, ZBA’s vice-president Bwalya was also punished in absentia for allegedly having written a letter to SCZ when he was advised against doing so by the board.

And ZABF were cautioned for late settlement of affiliation fees while the ZPU was warned for not telling the SCZ that its president, Tom Michelo was allegedly involved in criminal activities.

Times of Zambia