By MICHAEL MIYOBA
MINISTER of Sports Youth and Child Development says signing national team’s coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic’s contract is not his responsibility.
Speaking during a press briefing on Saturday, Mulenga said Micho’s contract can only be signed by the implementing officer.
Mulenga said he would be crossing the line if he was to get involved with the signing of Micho’s contract because his duties as Minister of Sports entailed implementing policies.
He stated that as a bureaucratic leader, he operated by the regulations and laws put in place.
“A minister does not sign on any contract that is under the law. Whether the ministry is employing or entering into a contract with anyone, it’s not the minister who signs the contract, the contract is signed by the implementing officer so I don’t understand why many times I’m being dragged in the issue of the contract, it’s not my mandate to sign Micho contract,” Mulenga said.
Meanwhile Mulenga denied social media allegations accusing him of sponsoring banned football administrator Damiano Mutale, former FAZ boss Kalusha Bwalya and Patson Lusaka to cause confusion at FAZ.
Mulenga who was on Tuesday given a four-day ultimatum by Bwalya, Lusaka and Mutale to dissolve the FAZ executive committee led by Kamanga said government had no preferred candidate for the FAZ presidency.
He said Governments’ interest is to see Zambian football going forward rather than saving the interests of Kamanga or Kalusha.
“If I was supporting Kalusha Bwalya I would have ordered that his name be on the ballot but that is not my interest.
“I’m not in support of Kalusha Bwalya, neither am I in support of Kamanga. In fact my prayer is that whoever will win will unit everyone because their fights are detrimental to the growth of football. We are not growing where football is concerned,” he said.
With the warring football administrators having agreed to hold an emergency Annual General Meeting, it is Muleng’s hope that the squabbles at FAZ would be resolved.
By MICHAEL MIYOBA