MANJAI’s SAGA WRANGLES ON As MYDA unhappy with KM’s proposal


By Sulayman Bah There seems to be no ending to the crisis rocking Manjai Sports withKM President Saikou     MYDA President Abdourahman Bah its youth and sports body unhappy with the proposal of the Kanifing Municipality Regional Sports Committee. The KM regional committee, Manjai Youth and Sports DevelopmentAssociation (MYDA) and stakeholders met last week in a bid to iron out the ongoing controversy rocking the zone. At the meeting, held behind close doors, it was recommended that the Manjai Sports Committee be made autonomous of MYDA under whose flagship it was established and has been answerable to. The custody of the keys of the Manjai sports complex, which has lately been a source of controversy, was also recommended to be under the Manjai Sports Committee subject to a formal written request by the KM, revealed close sources. When reached for comments, Saikou Bah, the KM Sports regional body president, confirmed the proposals being made by his body for the Manjai sport entity to be independent of MYDA. “We told them sport has to be autonomous of the MYDA. They cannot go to congress and you still control them. MYDA and MSC have to be separated. Like other zones, the pitches are controlled by sports committees which we all agreed on unanimously. So we decided to give the sports committee the keys to control. Though, we are yet to officially write to that effect,” Saikou Bah told Foroyaa Sport. However, MYDA is the least impressed by the outcome of the talks, especially with regard to suggestion for the complex – that has long been under their control – to now be run by Manjai Sports Committee, insisting the pitch unlike other zones, is owned by the Manjai community. “The scenario in Manjai is different from other sporting complex in the country. Ours is given to us by the community. So whatever that has to be done that will not be decided by the youth. So here the community decides. The youth of the community are unhappy with its (the KM’s position),” he said. The KM, according to Bah, is lining up restructuring MYDA’s youth sector, whose constitution, the regional body says doesn’t tally with the Youth Act. “And we’re also looking at how to furnish them (Myda youth sector) with some funds to do their activities because they are also serving the nation,’ Saikou Bah who also doubles as SESDO’s president revealed, a move Myda considers compensation,” said Mr. Bah. Last week’s meeting comes in the wake of petition lodged by MYDA lawyers urging the KM to investigate the Manjai saga including composition of the MSC executive set up. “What we want is for them (KM) to investigate the funds that these people (Manjai current president Lamin Darboe and crew) raised on behalf of MYDA” said Bah, in reference to allegations of embezzlement by the previous leadership.]]>