Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Disciplinary Committee has banned former Karonga United owner Willy Yabwanya Phiri, Wilkins Mijiga and Super League of Malawi (SULOM) Treasurer Tiya Somba Banda from Football Activities for taking Football Matters to Court.
The three were charged with taking a football dispute to a conventional court after they tried to stop FAM elections through an injunction on December 12th, 2015.
Willy Yabwanya and Mijiga, a marketer by profession, contested for the presidency during the FAM polls but lost to Walter Nyamilandu Manda while Tiya Somba Banda contested for the Vice Presidency, but also lost.
In December last year hours to the FAM General Assembly, Mijiga, Yabwanya and Somba sought a court order postponing the elections on argument that the electoral committee flouted electoral code.
The three appealed that list of delegates was not sent to electoral candidates at least 15 days before the date of the Assembly as required by the association’s electoral code.
In his determination, Justice Lovemore Chikopa of the Appeal Committee ruled that “in order to maintain the integrity of processes of the FAM elections,” the election only proceeds upon compliance with Article 22(1) and (5) of the FAM Statutes that the list of delegates be released at least 15 days.
According to Chikopa, the elections could not go ahead because a new list has to be produced and submitted at least 15 days before the Assembly at which elections are to take place.