Athletics icon Samuel Matete has declined to be drawn into discussing threats from Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili to hand him a life for his involvement in the parallel ZAAA interim executive elected on Saturday at an unilateral annual general meeting in Lusaka.
Kambwili on Sunday warned Matete and his faction of life bans following their unilateral declaration as an interim committee on Saturday.
Matate was elected as interim ZAAA president during an AGM that went ahead even after they were barred from contesting the postponed December 27 elective ZAAA meeting and later won a court injuction contesting their ineligibility.
The former 400 meters hurdles World champion said will not react to Kambwili statement.
“I am aware of what the Sports Minister said in the news but we don’t want to start arguing with him. We respect him although we do not agree with what he said,” Matete said.
“We will respond once all the court issues have been concluded.”