Matlama polls  set for Sunday

Matlama polls set for Sunday

MASERU – Matlama will have a new committee by Sunday, the club is promising.
On Sunday, ‘Tse Putsoa’ will hold executive elections at their annual general meeting at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.
And, after several hiccups, Matlama communications and marketing manager Tankiso Moletsane is guaranteeing everything will go smoothly this time.
It has been a year now since the current executive’s term ended and the club’s hierarchy has been in limbo ever since.
Twice elections have had to be shelved in chaos.

Last November at Bambatha snap elections were called off after members refused to vote before they repeated the same trick last month because of a lack of a financial
report.

Both instances cast a bad light on Matlama who have been rocked by embarrassing internal strife over the past decade.
However, speaking thepost on Tuesday, Moletsane said the much-awaited club financial report is ready and he insisted “everything is in place, everything is ready for Sunday”.“The elections will go ahead as planned on Sunday,” he added.

Moletsane maintained that nothing has changed as far as who will be allowed in the room to vote on Sunday – all members will have to present their Matlama membership card to gain access.
Meanwhile, Ikarabele Sello, who was elected as the new Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) chairman last Friday, will be up for re-election as Matlama president.
Moletsane said Sello would continue leading ‘Tse Putsoa’ if he is re-elected.

“He will definitely continue as Matlama president if he gets re-elected on Sunday. We will have to see, but he will continue,” he said.
“It happens everywhere. Club presidents are leading their (national) leagues, even the former chairman (of the PLMC) was president of Bantu (John Leuta) as well,” he said.
Matlama’s treasury duties, for their part, have been handled by the club’s president and vice-president over the past month after the team’s treasurer Lesenyeho Tšiu died two months ago.
With the official passing of treasury duties ‘Tse Putsoa’ hope the last hurdle to a successful election has been overcome.

Matlama had hoped to hold elections two months ago but things came to a standstill when the club’s president and vice-president showed up without the team’s financial report and only a summary.

It caused commotion as members in attendance refused to accept the financial summary and demanded elections be postponed until a full report is available.
The four-year term of the outgoing ‘Tse Putsoa’ committee originally expired last August after coming to power in 2013.
The club then held an extraordinary conference last November but it ended in chaos when several executive members were accused of not having authentic Matlama membership cards.
Since then Matlama has effectively been leaderless.

It is a situation Lesotho’s most successful club hopes will have changed by Sunday.

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