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Matlama readies for polls

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Mikia Kalati

MATLAMA secretary general Liteboho Tlebere is confident that the team will finally elect a new executive committee at this Sunday’s special conference.

Three weeks ago, Tse Putsoas Annual general meeting was called off as the outgoing committee had failed to produce a financial report for the 2017/18 season.

In November 2017 the team’s elections at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena degenerated into chaos as supporters of the club accused some executive members of having fake membership cards.

However, Tlebere told this publication that all was is in place Sunday’s Special Conference set for Lehakoe Recreational and Cultural Centre.

“We are hopeful that the election will go ahead this time around because it the main agenda for our special conference on Sunday,” Tlebere said.

“In terms of membership, all is in place and it is clear as to who is eligible for election and all the members that have subscribed for the current finally year will be allowed into the conference.

“Only consistent member who have held fully subscribed membership for three consecutive year are eligible for candidacy. We held fora in our branches to educate our members about the whole process.”

Tlebere said all the members are looking forward to the elections to finally elect the new committee.

“I think our people understand all the processes that have to be followed but everyone is in the spirit of electing the new committee because definitely we need the new administration.”

He said his office will only have the list of candidates by Friday and will only know by then if members of the outgoing committee will stand for re-election.

However, all eyes will be on the newly elected Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) chairman, Ikarabele Sello, who is the outgoing president.

“At this stage I cannot say if all members of the outgoing committee will stand for re-election but our agreement the last time we talked about it was that the president will step down and remain as just a member to focus on the PLMC if he had succeeded.

“However, I cannot say if that still the case as there are some among us that indicated willingness to continue while others are stepping down. All will be clear by Friday.

“The plan was to identify a competent individual and with the potential to take over. We will release all the submissions by Friday because it is important for the sake of transparency,” he said.

Tlebere said the management of the club has taken note of all their short comings from the recent years and they now want stability and accountability once a new committee has been elected.

“The plan is to be as transparent as possible going forward and the new committee will be mandated to publish Matlama’s financials quarterly to see all the transactions that have taken place.

“All that will be aimed at improving our team because we know the problems that have bedevilled us in the past years,” Tlebere said.

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