Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) has pledged full and unwavering support to the newly elected Vice President, Junier Kazembe as she is set to foster the development of netball in the country.
The sentiments were made during the NAM 2023 Annual General Meeting held at Civo Club House in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Speaking on the sidelines of the AGM, General Secretary for NAM, Isaac Chimwala expressed satisfaction with the newly elected Vice President citing the vast experience she brings to the office.
“The house has spoken; we welcome Junier Kazembe to the executive. The gap that was there has been sealed, we are now a complete team. It’s worth noting that she already knows what to do in her office,” Chimwala said.
Chimwala further said the Association is committed to implementing various matters highlighted during the AGM including the need for AGMs, frequent meetings to ensure netball grows in all aspects such as in the districts through the Salima Sugar sponsored League and at the grass root level.
“Our members raised a concern that we had taken time before we had this AGM, therefore, we shall rectify that.
“There was the presentation of the financial report and members have made observations and we shall work with them to ensure we present all reports on time. I admit that this time around we were pressed on time,” Chimwala said.
The newly elected Vice President has expressed gratitude to the affiliates for trusting her for the office.
“I am happy that the affiliates have voted for me and I am ready to work with them to ensure matters that were raised during the AGM are addressed such as issues of communication gaps as well as transparency and accountability,” said Kazembe.
NAM affiliate from Ntchisi, Treza Chiziko retaliated her support to the new Vice President and noted that all other affiliates are looking forward to receiving a reconciled financial report from the association since the one presented had queries.
“We did not adopt the report because it did not have a clear breakdown of finances, therefore, we agreed to wait for a better report that will be released after two weeks,” Chiziko said.
NAM went to the polls because the previous Vice President resigned for personal reasons and during the elections, Kazembe amassed 30 votes while Anastasia Kaphale had 19.
Kazembe, who was also the acting NAM Vice President, is a former chairperson for netball in Blantyre district.