Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) General Secretary Frank Chitembeya had an illicit relationship with promising sprint athlete Chikondi Mkhalea and he fathered a son, now two-years old.
Mkhalea is now destitute and lives off her married elder sister in the shanty Likhubula location of Zomba. The 23- year-old athlete said after she got impregnated,
Chitembeya took her in as a concubine but it did not work out.
"I was married for three years but we separated," Chikondi said last week in Zomba in an interview with one of our reporters.
"I cannot state the reasons why we separated because it's none of your business."
She admitted that the pregnancy and early motherhood had affected the development of her career.
"I haven't been active since I gave birth two years ago because there was nobody to look after my child to
enable me train and compete," she said.
"But I am now ready for a comeback as I have already started training although I find it difficult to train as I have nobody to babysit my child."
She also disclosed that Chitembeya had not been too supportive as she depends on her sister for survival.
AAM president Richard Nyirongo said the association would investigate the issue to establish the truth of the matter.
"This is a serious issue and we will investigate the matter," Nyirongo said.
"This issue has the potential to dent the good image of the association and also scare potential female athletes."
However, Chitembeya denied the allegations, which he said were being propagated by people who did not wish him well.
"As you know there are elections in September and there are people who are bent at damaging my reputation so that I should fail. But I am not worried and I know that they will
not succeed because in the end I will sue them for tarnishing my image," he said.
Chitembeya even challenged this reporter to speak to Mkhalea and gave out her phone number. Funny enough, she immediately changed tune and said Chitembeya was not
the father but another man who is also based in Mzuzu just as Chitembeya is.
"Why are you asking me these questions?
And who gave you my phone number since I have only had this phone for three days? How many female athletes have become pregnant and given birth and have had
their stories in the news?" she queried in an angry tone.
Ironically, when asked to give the phone number of the other man she claimed fathered the kid, she said she did not have it. But on the other hand, Chitembeya had her phone
when she had only bought the phone three days earlier and had not given her new number to people.