Sulom President, Innocent Botomani declared Tuesday that his organization has taken the stance following the unconstitutional removal of the Bullets Chairperson, Kondi Msungama and his entire by the club’s supporters committee.
He explained that the club supporters committee led by their Chairperson, Stone Mwamadi violated Bullets, Sulom, Football Association of Malawi (FAM), Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) and FIFA Constitutions when they staged a putsch against Msungama-led committee.
“As far as Sulom is concerned on this issue we still recognize Mr Kondi Msungama and his committee as the legitimate leaders of Bullets FC.We will not deal with anybody apart from Msungama led committee,” he added.
He therefore, advised Bullets supporters that if they had any issues of disputes within their club they have to resolve them peacefully at negotiation table and within the constitutional frame work.
But Bullets Supporters Committee, general secretary, Mabvuto Chibambo was defiant despite Sulom condemnation, scoffing it as unacceptable and vowed that the club supporters and fans will not compromise regardless of the situation.
Chibambo in particular questioned Sulom position on the fact that similar incidents had previously occurred at their arch-rivals Mighty Be-Forward Wanderers camp but the body did not lift a finger or utter a single word of censure.
“We are still maintaining our stance that Mr Msungama will not reassume the reins of power at Bullets. We are wondering, where was Sulom when Chipi Mpinganjira and James Chuma were removed in similar manner at Wanderers?” argued Chibambo.
He contended that if Sulom was serious with the rule of law they would also have acted on Msungama whom he claimed did not subject the club’s finances to independent auditors as Sulom dictates but was always making decisions concerning the club unilaterally.
“They [Sulom] say that club accounts should be audited but at Bullets this never happened under Mr Msungama leadership until the club incurred a baffling debt of MK30 million.
“Worse still, he was always making unilateral decisions with his four cohorts side lining other members of the executive committee,” Chibambo argued.
He also blamed Msungama for the departure of blossoming striker, Tizgobere Kumwenda and inspirational midfielder, Victor Limbani to Lilongwe based rivals Silver Strikers Football Club.
“We have also lost good players who would have assisted the team a lot to other teams because of Mr Msungama management style. Whatever happens we at Bullets will not in any way accept Sulom declaration on this matter,” declared Chibambo.
Commenting on the issue, Msungama who resigned following fans pressure said he would not make a move to reassume his position because the issue involves life and death though he was in support of Sulom position to bring constitutional order in Malawi soccer.
“But looking at the situation now it will be difficult. I recall when Mr Stone Mwamadi was asked by reporter recently that on what they [fans] would do if their decision to remove us would eventually be declared illegal.
He [Mwamadi] declared that there will be a bloody fight and considering that I have dependants who rely on me as a breadwinner. I feel I cannot return at the club now,” explained Msungama.