Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) has removed chairman for the Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) Stanley Mpinganjira after establishing that he lied to the general assembly about his conviction.
Mpinganjira was convicted of a criminal offence within the last six years and served a two year jail term at Chichiri Prison in Blantyre. The development meant Mpinganjira could not serve in any capacity in the Chessam executive or in any of the association's affiliate bodies, whose statutes bar those convicted of a criminal offence or an offence bordering on corruption within the last six years.
However, Mpinganjira lied to the general assembly during SRCL's recent elections that his conviction was quashed by the Supreme Court following an appeal and told the gathering that he was demanding K22 million Malawi Kwacha from the Malawi government for wrongful imprisonment.
After putting forward the claim, the elections' returning officer allowed him to stand for the position of chairman on condition that he produces the evidence that he was acquited within 14 days or risk being removed as chairman, if he won the election.
Mpinganjira won the elections after defeating outgoing chairperson Susan Namangale by 25 votes against 17. However, the former SRCL general secretary failed to produce the evidence within the 14 days claiming he was having problems to access documents from the supreme court because of the ongoing judicial strike. He also claimed he could not get the document from his lawyer Christopher Chiphwanya because he owed the lawyer a substantial amount of money from the court case.
The development prompted Chessam to institute its own investigations, which revealed Mpinganjira lied to the executive. According to Chessam's findings, Chiphwanya handled Mpinganjira's appeal to the high court after he was convicted by a lower court. The appeal was never successful.
In view of the development, Chessam has removed Mpinganjira from his position and replaced him with his deputy Stanley Mtuwa, who will be holding the position in acting capacity pending elections for another chairman.
The association also says Mpinganjira risks stern punishment for lying to the assembly and bringing the game of chess into disrepute.
By: Leonard Sharrah