Simba transformation on full swing

DAR ES SALAAM: THE National Sports Council (NSC) has approved Simba’s draft amendment to their Constitution.

The club pointed out that the amendments are crucial as they shed light on an important step towards achieving the club’s transformation goals.

The amendment draft will be presented to the club members before the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that is scheduled to take place on Sunday at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC) in Dar es Salaam.

During the meeting, members will have the opportunity to discuss the draft before officially adopting it, as required by the club’s constitution.

At a media briefing held on Thursday in Dar es Salaam, Simba’s Chairman of the Constitution Reforms Committee, Hussein Kitta, highlighted that his committee had successfully worked on the specific areas they were tasked to amend.

“As you know, the procedures of club transformation at Simba have been lengthy with many upsets in between to the extent that the Fair Competition Committee (FCC) once halted the procedures pending for other issues to be worked at.

“At first, the Minister for Culture, Arts and Sports Damas Ndumbaro conducted a meeting with Simba aimed at finding out obstacles facing the club to witness transformation…he was told what the club was doing and what was derailing the process.

“He then summoned another meeting involving Simba, NSC, Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA) and the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) where it was agreed about key areas to be worked upon for the club transformation to complete,” Kitta said.

He then named the six important issues that his committee worked on in their quest for constitutional amendment before coming up with the draft.

“One of them was the authoritative of the appointment of Board of Trustees of which in the current constitution, it says they are appointed by the Board of Directors as such, it was proposed that they should be appointed by the club members at AGM,” he said.

He also said they were tasked to work on the position of Simba Chairman since in the current constitution, his position and how he is found are not stipulated hence they worked on it.

“We were also told that the amended constitution should state clearly the goals of Simba and also how to find people to attend the AGM bearing in mind that the club is growing such that if we get one or two thousand members, how can we easily handle them,” Kitta said.

Moreover, he said they were also urged to see if there is still a need to have Simba SC Holding Company Limited which holds the club’s shares.

“Inside the Simba SC Holding Company Limited, 99 per cent of shares are under the Board of Trustees and one per cent of the shares are under the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

“Government recommended that the constitution should say if the one per cent of the shares under the Chairman should not be sold or what should happen to safeguard it…and we worked on that,” he said.

He also disclosed that throughout the constitution amendment exercise, they worked on many opinions that people made through websites, phone calls, WhatsApp, normal messages and other means that were for them to share their views.

“The NSC directed that once we are done with the reforms, we should first send them the draft to see if we implemented what we were told and we have received a letter from them that they are satisfied with our work and it is now time for the members to pass it on Sunday during the AGM,” he concluded.

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