LESOTHO Volleyball Association (LVA) president William Nhlapo has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect from last Sunday as part of efforts to restore harmony among feuding members of the association.
According to a detailed report by the ad hoc committee that was set up in March to resolve the feud and seen by the Sunday Express, it was recommended that Nhlapo be suspended with immediate effect and that vice-president (finance) Letsatsi Ntsibolane take his place.
“On 6th March during the LVA Annual General Meeting (AGM) there was animosity between Executive Committee (EXCO) members through the way they addressed each other and handled themselves. The problem was further highlighted when they could not agree on some of the reports presented to the AGM, clearly showing that they are not unified,” the report states.
“Following this, the AGM decided to appoint an ad hoc committee to investigate the source of clashes and amicably intervene to ensure that EXCO operates as a unit for the benefit of the sport.”
The committee found, among other things, that there was a communication breakdown between the office of the president and that of the secretary-general, resulting in the president taking drastic unilateral decisions that affected the association.
“All international correspondence is received and done by the president’s office and not of the secretary-general as should be the case,” the report further notes.
“Efforts were made to correct this but members have given up as the president is said to be reluctant to let go from his office. The result of this was lack of information to members on international issues as copies of such correspondences were never provided by the president, thus the secretary-general office has no record of such.
The report adds: “There is no respect between EXCO and members especially offices of president, vice-president finance and vice-president technical and this has affected LVA activities enormously as these three offices should be working together in carrying out activities.
“The general feeling of all EXCO members is that his (president) conduct is disturbing; in the interest of restoring peace, trust and acceptance of EXCO to LVA members, it is recommended that president be relieved of his duties and be allowed to concentrate on CAVB activities where he is a member of executive committee as a vice-president in the board of administration.
“The next man in line to lead EXCO is vice president (administration) Kefuoe Mapetja, however he is not recommended to take over due to his work commitments it is therefore recommended that vice president (finance) Letsatsi Ntsibolane be nominated to take over as a president for the rest of the term till next election,” the report further states.
LVA public relations officer Clifford Molefe this week confirmed the developments in an interview with Sunday Express but refused to give full details as it was “still an internal matter”.
“All I can say is that the president has been replaced by Ntate Ntsibolane as an acting president after the special meeting held by LVA members last week Sunday implemented the ad hoc committee recommendations,” Molefe said.
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