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SLAA scribe reminds association of mandate expiration

April 1, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA), Dauda Sundufu Sowa, has reminded his president, Abdul Karim Sesay to convey a congress as his term of office will expire on Friday April 3 this year.

Sowa, alongside Karim and other executive members were elected on April 3, 2011 to run the affairs of athletics in the country for four years. With their mandate set to expire on Friday, the SLAA scribe said the decision to remind the president is part of his constitutional mandate.

In his reminder letter, Sowa states: “As you may be aware sir, on Sunday 3rd April 2011, we were given the mandate to [run] athletics by stakeholders of the Sierra Leone Athletics Association at the then National Stadium, now Siaka Stevens Stadium’s Atlantic Hall.

“In this regard, I am pleased to inform you again that this mandate will end on Friday 3rd April 2015 and that a constitutional procedure has to take place for another election to either re-new our mandates or give way to another executive.”

Sowa further stated that as a democratic executive committee, they must obey Article 15 sub-section 1 of the association’s Statutes, which states that: “Congress shall be the supreme body of the Association and shall be held during the month of January each year at a time and place to be decided by the Executive Committee. Affiliated members are to be notified at least a month about the date for Congress.”

Despite his secretary general’s reminder, the SLAA president is sceptical the congress will soon be staged because of the current health situation in the country.

Karim said: “We all want the congress to go ahead if possible tomorrow, but we cannot for now because of the current situation in the country.”

He said they will meet as an executive this week and come out with a public statement.