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Some members of the Book Publishers Association of Malawi (Bpam) have petitioned their executive calling for an emergency Annual General Meeting (AGM), The Daily Times has learnt.

In the petition dated September 16, 2016, which The Daily Times has seen, the members are calling for an emergency AGM of all members where matters for the agenda shall be and not limited to Bpam secretarial management, communication management with stakeholders and vote of no confidence in the current executive.

“We require that this meeting should take place within seven days from that date of this notice,” the letter signed by Maureen Masamba of Dzuka Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Times Group, James Ng’ombe of Jhango Publishers and Nigel Doyle of Pearson Education/ Anglia reads.

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The letter further says that until this meeting is held, all communications to all stakeholders should be suspended, with the exception of a formal request to Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) for an extension of time for Bpam and its members to feedback comments in regard to the senior secondary evaluation results.

Bpam is one of the rights holders associations for the Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma).

Ng’ombe confirmed yesterday that he was aware of the letter adding that they were trying to force issues at same time putting Bpam together.

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“We have challenges in Bpam which need to be sorted out and the normal way to sort it out is through this emergency meeting. This will be a forum where issues will be presented,” Ng’ombe said.

Bpam President Alfred Msadala said yesterday that he had not yet received the letter hence was unable to comment.

“I have not yet received the letter maybe it is at the secretariat since I was away,” Msadala said.

When told of the contents in the letter, Msadala insisted that he should see the letter first before making his comments.

A source confided to The Daily Times that Bpam is currently moving in troubled waters as there was lack of transparency and communication and that the association has no money because members were not paying membership fee as most of them are disgruntled.

“Members are frustrated and some have threatened to withdraw from Bpam activities. There are problems for instance the administrator has gone almost four months without pay so the only way to sort this is through an emergency meeting,” said the source.

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