Volleyball power struggle continues

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Mikia Kalati

VETERAN volleyball administrator, William Nhlapho, says the March 2017 elections which ushered in a new Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA) executive committee was fraudulent and for that reason the new committee is not recognised by the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB).

According to Nhlapho, the LVA went ahead to hold elections despite being advised against doing so by CAVB.

Nhlapho was ousted by Mpho Palime from the helm of the LVA.

“I do not want to say that there is a new committee beacuse as far as I am concerned there were never elections,” Nhlapho said in an interview with the Lesotho Times this week.

“People decided to call their own congress yet there was an instruction from the volleyball mother body not to hold those elections.

“They were given instructions in January this year but decided to hold the elections even against those instructions.”

Asked if he still considered himself president of the LVA, Nhlapho was evasive, saying he expected the CAVB to get to the bottom of the infighting within the national volleyball association.

“The CAVB will pronounce itself. They know all the issues and the constitution of LVA will also say what should have happened.

“These issues are very serious and dangerous because the signatures of some members were forged.

“The Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) is aware of these issues. The Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) is also aware of them.

“Some members of the committee rebelled against me. My secretary general gave people orders not to listen to me.”

Nhlapho denied reports that he is holding the association to ransom and that he remained in possession of some of the LVA’s equipment.

“Let me set the record straight. I do not have anything that belongs to the association.

“Mpho (Palime) should go back to Botswana and look for whatever equipment she is talking about. I listened to her when she was saying the same thing about me on national television and one of the radio stations.

“She should go to the vice president who has the equipment because I saw it being utilised by his team in Namibia.”

For her part, Palime said Nhlapho was using his influence as the former LVA president who also served in the CAVB structures.

“There was a CAVB congress that we should have attended, but failed due to financial problems.

“But our former president, Ntate Nhlapho, attended the congress in his capacity as the CAVB vice president and we feel he used his position to badmouth us to the volleyball mother body.

“He told the association lies about us which led to our committee being suspended but we wrote to tell them that they cannot suspend us without hearing our side of the story,” Palime said, adding the CAVB had since reconsidered its position and would now invite both sides to a meeting to resolve the in-fighting.

Palime said Nhlapho acted out of sour grapes he was ousted from the LVA.

“Ntate Nhlapho is still unhappy that he was ousted from the committee and had taken his issues to LSRC and LNOC so that the matter is settled for good.

“He has taken some of the association belongings such as balls and nets as well as the score board,” Palime said.

 

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