Apathy mars rugby polls
Published On October 17, 2014 » 2494 Views» By Davies M.M Chanda » Rugby, Sports
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SIX of the seven Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU) executive committee positions may go unchallenged as only eight aspiring candidates have filled in their nominations ahead of deadline today.
ZRU head of secretariat Kampata Banda said it was unfortunate that with a day remaining before deadline, only eight candidates had managed to file in nominations ahead of the extraordinary meeting set for November 1 in Kabwe.
So far, only the presidency has two aspirants in Ackim Mwale and former ZRU president Clement Sinkamba, who have filled in their nominations to take over the post vacated by Martin Musunka, who quit last month.
The elections to be held at the Green Eagles Rugby Club might see ZRU interim committee president John Chibuye, incumbent general secretary Francis Chitambo and Paul Sichula, who is contesting the position of treasurer, all ushered into office unopposed.
Vincent Liato of Green Buffaloes, Joseph Ingwe and Enoch Shikabeta are the only candidates who have filled to contest the three committee members positions and may also go unchallenged.
“It sad that we only have eight candidates that have come forward to file in their nominations and we hope more will come in before the deadline which is at 17:00 hours tomorrow (today),” he said.
Musunka and his vice Owen Mhango and two committee members, Moono Muleya and Sam Simwanda, resignations brought about the elections.
Meanwhile, outgoing treasure Kabwe Kampamba has called for civility in the campaigns saying unity was cardinal in the run up to the council meeting.
“I think to all the aspiring candidates, the interest of rugby should reign supreme and so I would like urge all of them to engage meaningful campaigns and they must be united,” Kampamba said.

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