It all started on 11th December 2015 when aspiring Presidential candidates Wilkins Mijiga and Willy Yabwanya Phiri and Vice President hopeful Tiya Somba Banda complained to the appeals committee that there were irregularities in the run up to December 12 Football Association of Malawi (FAM) elections in Mangochi.
The three complained that the electoral committee led by Dingiswayo Madise, had flouted several articles of the electoral code.
The appeals committee led by Justice Lovemore Chikopa stopped the polls but FAM used its executive power and went ahead with the elections saying the appeals committee ruling was invalid since it was convened without a third member in the name of George Bakuri.
On the general assembly day, the trio – Yabwanya, Somba, and Mijiga – obtained a court injunction ahead and it took hours for the assembly to convene.
In the presence of FIFA envoy Ashford Mamelodi, Walter Nyamilandu was re-elected and was told to deal with the culprits for violating FIFA statuses that restricts association members from taking football matters to court.
They were summoned by the FA’s disciplinary committee last month where, according to what we have gathered, Mijiga and Yabwanya Phiri, have been found guilty of violating FIFA statuses by taking football issues to ordinary courts.
According to an inside source who opted for anonymity, Somba Banda has escaped the wrath of the FA while Mijiga and Yabwanya Phiri have been handed lengthy bans by the disciplinary committee.
Malawi24 has latest information which reveals that they are just waiting for the signature of FAM’s General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda who is currently in Mexico for a FIFA congress meeting.
Efforts to speak to the involved parties proved futile as they opted to remain silent until the verdict is out to the general public.