By Duncan Mlanjira
Blantyre and Districts Darts League (BDDL) is this Saturday going to elect new office bearers of chairman, secretary, treasurer and their deputies during its annual general meeting (AGM).
According to sources, the elections has become so intense than any other in darts in recent years. The incumbent team of chairman Harry Msiska and his deputy are standing as well as the secretary and the treasurer.
So far there are a total of 15 aspirants that are standing with the position of chairman having three candidates competing as follows: Harry Msiska, who has been nominated by his team Poly CEC; Goodwin Mwakanema, who has been nominated by his team Into Sports and Ted Mwanza, who has been nominated by his team, Staff Development Institute (SDI).
The position of vice-chairman also has three people contesting; the incumbent Palije Nyirenda, Benson Bakali and Isaac Masinga. The incumbent is coming from MPC Darts, Bakali comes from Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) while Isaac Masinga comes from Nkula Bees.
The position of secretary has attracted interests from the incumbent Diovan Surtee from BSC and a veteran media guru, Anderson Fumulani, who plays for Redbulls.
Raffick Omar from Escom’s Kapichira Power Station and Steve Kalua from BSC are vying for the position of the deputy secretary.
Brave Chirwa of MPC darts team is aspiring to retain his position of treasurer, the post that is considered to be the most important. Sources say the people competing are being scrutinised so that they have a strong character and should pledge accountability.
Chirwa has two other people contesting — Nasir Surtee from BSC and Muchanakhwaye Mpuluka from Redbulls. Aspiring to deputise this very important position is youngster by name of Talimba Mwalwanda as well as Daniel Mwalwayo from Poly CEC and Robert Gongolo from BSC.
The outgoing chairman, said he pledges to maintain the programmes he set during his two years of tenure in office.
“During my two years tenure I have managed to secure two sponsorships for the regional tournaments and talks are at an advanced stage with some would-be league sponsors,” he said.
“I have sourced sponsorship for all the individual tournaments for the regional begining this season. I also introduced zonal centre in order to attract youth to the game is on board.
“During my tenure, we sent the highest number of youths to represent Malawi in Namibia and nine out of the16 managed to bring medals. These were Under-18 all this was due to deliberate programme we undertook to improve youth participation in the game of darts in schools.
“I have plans to secure sponsorship for youth tournament to be competed by secondary schools. And I intend to lead BDDL in fund-raising activities so in absence of a sponsor we can manage the league ourselves,” Msiska said.
Chirwa said he strives to maintain his integrity and accountability he practised as treasurer.
“I will continue to follow my principles of maintaining good books and being transparent to affiliates as has been the case. I will bediscplined, accountable, transparent and prudent — that has always been my moto,” he said.