By Duncan Mlanjira
Outgoing Super League of Malawi (Sulom) treasurer, Tiya Somba Banda, who is expected to take up the post of president unopposed during the league’s elective annual general meeting on March 2, on Saturday found it fit to join in solidarity the newly-formed Football Journalists Association (FJA) to plant trees at Mudi Catchment Area in Blantyre.
Somba Banda said he was impressed with the initiative by FJA, saying it is the responsibility of every Malawian to preserve the environment.
“This is what we need to be doing every rain season so that we should replenish trees in all catchment areas so that they can trap the water from flowing all the way to the ocean, thereby eroding our soil as well.
“It’s a good initiative because our country, and indeed the rest of the world is greatly affected by environment change which is mainly due to heavy deforestation,” Somba Banda said.
Interim FJA president Joy Ndovi, the football journalist for The Nation Publications, said they decided to carry out the exercise as one way of fulfilling social responsibility.
“The media always covers such exercises by various corporate companies, civil organisations, churches and other groups and we also need to be taking part in social responsibility.
“I thank the football journalists who took their time to fulfill this exercise, they should not take this initiative for granted because it is going to play a part in the preservation of the environment,” he said.
Sulom goes to polls on March 2 at Kambumba Hotel in Salina and Somba Banda was the only one nominated to take over the seat which was held by Innocent Bottomani.
Also going in unopposed is the incumbent general secretary Williams Banda while that of the vice-president has three candidates — Major Gilbert Mittawa, Aggrey Khonje and Albert Mtungambera Harawa.
The post of vice-general secretary has four candidates — Major Thoko Chazema, Aggrey Khonje, Zacharia Nyaleza Nyirenda and Muhammad Selemani.
Three people vie for post of treasurer — Chifundo Makande, Malinda Chinyama and Ernest Mangani while Muhammad Selemani, Chimwemwe Chithope and David Kanyenda were nominated for the post of legal advisor.
Six will contest for executive committee seat — Charles Manyungwa, Henze Banda, Michael Chemaere, Allie Mwachande, Chimwemwe Nyirenda and Titha Mandiza.