By FELIX MALUNGA –
THE Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) is this morning expected to decide the fate of non-complying affiliate sports associations.
SCZ board vice-chairperson, Emmanuel Katebe said the legal and disciplinary committees would review some of the pending disciplinary cases today including that for the associations which failed to pay 2013 affiliation fees.
Katebe said the verdict would be passed on the associations which could not beat the December 15 deadline to clear their annual subscription fees.
SCZ had given the Zambia Weightlifting Federation (ZWF), Cycling Association of Zambia (CAZ), Zambia Amateur Boxing Federation (ZABF) and Zambia Softball and Baseball Association (ZSBA) up to December 15 to clear their annual subscription fees or risk being disaffiliated.
ZABF managed to abide by the SCZ directive while the ZWF and CAZ failed to settle their dues but it is, however, not clear whether ZSBA owned up.
ZABF adhered to the SCZ ultimatum by paying the K5,000 it owed the national sports governing body for 2013 including K4,500 for last year.
ZABF treasurer, Joe Siame Jnr said the federation had cleared its dues with SCZ and would now just need to pay a K500 balance for last year.
Siame said to ensure that ZABF paid its financial obligations to SCZ and world governing body, AIBA on time, there was need for its affiliates to also clear their affiliations fees before March 31 of each year.
He urged all affiliate associations and clubs to pay up the 2014 affiliation fees on time to enable ZABF also meet its obligations.
ZWF general secretary, Dominic Mutale said the federation could not pay their annual subscription fees because they had no financial capacity to do so as the federation was barely surviving and was being run from the pockets of the officials.
Mutale pleaded for leniency with SCZ to enable the federation continue operating despite their failure to pay the affiliations.
CAZ president, Peter Chintu also said his association could not beat the deadline set by SCZ and now wanted a meeting with the national sports authority to help resolve the problem.
Chintu, however, said CAZ had raised about K2,600 from the K7,500 the association owed SCZ in unpaid arrears. CAZ is supposed to pay K2, 500 annually in affiliation fees to SCZ.
When giving an ultimatum to the four organisations, Katebe said while SCZ wanted to embrace all its affiliates, there were rules and regulations which the member associations needed to adhere to like paying annual affiliation fees.