By MOSES CHIMFWEMBE –
THE 23 expelled Kabwe Golf Club petitioners have a glimmer of hope to safeguard their membership following the move by the disciplinary committee to review the resolution passed by a special meeting.
During a special meeting convened at the club two weeks ago, members in attendance resolved to expel the petitioners for gross indiscipline in absentia after they failed to show up despite requesting for the indaba in a petition dated April 27.
Club captain Kamal Desai said in an interview that the matter was being reviewed by the disciplinary sub-committee before a final decision was made.
“For now, the petitioners are still members of the club because their case is being handled by disciplinary committee. They have since been written to, to show cause why they should not be expelled,” Desai said.
The 23 members had petitioned the club’s executive committee to convene a special meeting to address various constitutional matters raised against the leadership.
However, the petitioners failed to show up for the meeting despite being served with a month long notice.
Once the disciplinary committee concludes its process, it is expected to submit a report to the executive committee with recommendation on the next course of action.
Desai said the club had existed for over 100 years and his executive’s intention was to see the club flourish in all its endeavors.
He said it was unfortunate that the petitioners in question failed to show up for the meeting to substantiate their claims in an eight-point petition.
The petitioners accused Desai of having irregularly obtained loans on behalf of the club without seeking the approval of voting members and that the staff at the club had gone four months without being paid their dues.
Other issues raised are that the club cannot run without trustees, a president and his vice, the portfolios which are vital to good governance.
They further accused the executive committee of abrogating the constitution by allowing invalid nominations for elections in clear contrast to the legal provisions in the club constitution.