By RONALD CHAWE –
OUTGOING Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) president Ericho Nshikokola is displeased with personal attacks and character assassinations that have characterised the build up to the elective annual general meeting.
Nshikokola said it was sad the various candidates vying for positions at the May 26 polls set for the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) had engaged in such campaigns.
He advised candidates to be civil and moderate as they campaign and that they should put the interests of the sport first.
“As a matter of fact I am very disappointed. The campaigns are not objective. They are based on personal attacks and not real issues. We should not have this kind of environment in as much as the candidates may differ in opinions and beliefs because it is tarnishing the image of the sport,” he said.
So far two camps led by Henry Courtyard Executive Lodge marketing manager Mukubulo Chilufya and Chasefu Member of Parliament (MP) Gerald Zimba have emerged strong contenders for the post of president but have labelled all sorts of allegations at each other’s camp.
But Nshikokola, who is not seeking re-election, urged the candidates to concentrate on selling their manifesto on what they would do for the sport once elected into office.
Meanwhile, Nshikokola said his executive was working on ensuring that the books of accounts were audited before he, along with his general secretary and other committee members, vacate offices.