Chapter 142 of the Laws of Zambia provides for the election of seven (7) Board Members and a Vice Chairperson form among Council Members. On 13th June, 2020 the National Sports Council of Zambia Council Members had a task once more to elect Board Members and a Vice Chairperson from a period June 2020 to June 2023.
The Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Honorable Emmanuel Mulenga, MP graced the occasion. In his entourage was the Permanent Secretary Mr. Joe Kapembwa and the Director of Sport Mr. John Zulu. At the Council Meeting the Minister was welcomed by the National Sports Council of Zambia Council (NSCZ) Chairman Mr. Patrick Mutimushi and the Acting General Secretary Mr. Raphael Mulenga.
In his opening speech, the Minister urged the Council to use the opportunity to usher in Board Members that would spearhead the implementation of the National Sports Policy. This was especially that the NSCZ is a principal extended hand of the Ministry charged with the role of promoting sport in the country. The Minister beseeched the Councilors to consider gender when electing Board Members and a Vice Chairperson. He emphasized that it was a demand of the supreme law of the land, the constitution, to consider gender when instituting governance structures such as boards. The Minister also took the opportunity to thank federations for their resilience in developing sport in the country. Federations that had qualified athletes to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games were appreciated and applauded by the Honorable Minister.
Eleven Council Members contested for the seven positions in the Board while two contended for the position of Vice Chairperson. By the close of the day, a credible free and fair election was conducted. Seven Board Members and the Vice Chairperson were elected.
This was the first time in the history of the existence of the NSCZ to have an election with guiding electoral rules. The rules enabled the NSCZ Electoral Committee with support from the Secretariat to facilitate a credible election.
It is hoped that the newly ushered in Board Members and Vice Chairperson will greatly