Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) has instructed the Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU) to conduct fresh nominations after moving the elective annual general meeting to May 20.
The ZRU elective annual general meeting was scheduled for last Saturday in Kabwe where SCZ chairperson Patrick Mutimushi guided that the new nominations should be conducted after some lapses were identified in the earlier nomination process.
“I am happy that the annual general meeting has been conducted according to the constitution and in a sober and mature manner. This is how it should be but for the lapses noticed let the election be postponed to allow fresh nominations process for transparency purposes,” Mutimushi said.
He said the current ZRU executive committee members led by President Clement Sinkamba would remain in office until the new office bearers were ushered in.
Meanwhile, the councillors selected a three member committee to receive the nomination papers.
The three member committee consists of Justice Justin Chashi, former ZRU general secretary Francis Chitambo and union life president Bonnie Mutale.
Presidential aspirant Owen Mhango and vice-president contestant Jeremiah Manda were among the candidates blocked from the ZRU race after being nominated and seconded by clubs allegedly not in good standing with the union.
This after their candidature was supported by Kitwe giants Diggers and KPF.
Cecilia Tresha, who was vying for the position of general secretary, and three committee members Thomson Ngulube, Charles Banda and Longa Chikwamo all had their nominations rejected.
Mutale had questioned the legitimacy of elections at the 2023 elective annual general meeting before the postponement.
Speaking to Radio Icengelo Sports on the Copperbelt, Mutale had said the ZRU elections wouldn’t have been free and fair because some aspirants were disadvantaged.