President Rupiah Banda’s mouthpiece Dickson Jere says president Banda has not endorsed Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya and his executive ahead of the FAZ annual general meeting (AGM) set for March 26, 2011.
Jere accused the FAZ leadership of leaking a confidential letter to the media. In am email statement to the Watchdog, Jere said the he wished ‘ to clarify the misleading media reports suggesting that His Excellency, Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia, has endorsed the current Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya and his executive ahead of the FAZ annual general meeting (AGM) set for March 26.’
He said his boss wrote a letter to Kalusha Bwalya to congratulate him on his election to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) board, just like he has done to many other Zambians who have excelled in various disciplines.
‘In his letter to Mr Bwalya, which was confidential, the President did not refer to the FAZ wrangles or the forthcoming FAZ AGM,’ said Jere who many people believe is involved in sponsoring confusing in FAZ.
He said: ‘President Banda’s position on the ongoing FAZ wrangles has not changed from his public statements issued this year that he will remain neutral regarding the wrangles that have beset Zambian football until the FAZ AGM resolves the matter.
“He has, however, been worried with the FAZ problems. It was in this spirit that the President personally talked to FIFA president Sepp Blatter to find an amicable solution to the wrangles.
Following President Banda’s intervention, FIFA invited the Kalusha and Andrew Kamanga sides to Switzerland to address the way forward, which involved tabling the vote-of-no-confidence at the forthcoming FAZ AGM.
“It is, indeed, very disappointing that a letter, written by the President in good faith and confidence to Mr Bwalya has deliberately been twisted and circulated to the Press by FAZ in an attempt to portray an impression that President Banda has endorsed the current FAZ executive ahead of the AGM.
“The President writes so many letters to so many people, and rarely do we find them being circulated. In any case, the president has a spokesperson who speaks on his behalf on matters of this nature. But my office never issued any statement to this effect.”