World Football body guides FAZ on elections
The world football body, FIFA has finally guided the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) on the completion of the electoral process.
Adrian Kashala, the FAZ General Secretary says FIFA has given the greenlight for elections with the grassroots to start next week.
Six of the 10 provinces had conducted elections before the process was halted by a court action instigated by a non-member Damiano Mutale.
“Notice is hereby given following the guidance from FIFA culminating from the Electoral Process meeting held with different parties last year, the Association has been guided to proceed with the remaining four provincial elections which shall be held with effect from 16th February 2021 leading up to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 27th February 2021. The agenda remains as earlier circulated before the Electoral Process was halted,” Kashala says in a communication also shared with the FAZ membership.
“Kindly note that all relevant stakeholders that attended the FIFA meeting have been informed accordingly,” added the communication.
The FAZ electoral process was suspended on March 12, 2020 following the court action.
All aggrieved parties met on July 11 2020 under the auspices of the ministry of sports and signed a consent judgment that nullified all court actions. Subsequently FIFA presided over a cease fire in November last year that was attended virtually by the minister of sports Emmanuel Mulenga, National Sports Council of Zambia chairperson Patrick Mutimushi, FAZ president Andrew Kamanga and the aggrieved parties represented by their lawyers.
Six provinces had completed the electoral process under the revised constitution enacted in 2017. The provinces that had completed the process are Western, North Western, Luapula, Northern, Copperbelt and Eastern.
Elections are yet to be held in Lusaka, Southern, Central and Muchinga provinces.
Under the revised FAZ constitution each of the 10 provinces elects a chairperson who sits on the National Executive Committee with the president, vice and female candidate completing the list.