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Clifton Kawanga unveils Misa manifesto

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One of the candidates vying for the position of vice chairperson of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi chapter, Clifton Kawanga says he will ensure that the newly assented Access to Information Act is fully implemented for the development of journalism and the country at large.

Kawanga—The Sunday Times Assistant Editor and Malawi Editors Forum chairperson—was speaking in Blantyre yesterday when he officially launched his manifesto in readiness for Misa Malawi elections on May 6.

He said it is good that President Peter Mutharika assented to the Act, but it needs to be fully implemented if the country is to develop.

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“The country has a tendency of formulating beautiful pieces of legislations but implementation has always been a challenge. It is good that the President assented to the Act but Misa will ensure that the law is implemented for the benefit of journalists and all Malawians,” he said.

Kawanga also said he envisions a Misa that would encourage capacity building and training programmes for journalists to competently report on critical issues such as economy, health and law.

“All over the world including Africa journalists are advancing with education. Capacity building and education help journalists speak to the news sources on the same level,” he said.

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Kawanga also said he wants a Misa Malawi that will work with other bodies such as Journalists Union of Malawi, Communication Workers Union of Malawi and media owners to come up with minimum wages for the media industry to improve the welfare of journalists in the country.

The Misa Malawi election pits Teresa Ndanga of Zodiak Broadcasting Station and Frank Phiri of FD Communications on the position of chairperson; Kawanga and Sellina Kainja of Nation Publications Limited as vice chairpersons; and Arnold Mnelemba, Chimwemwe Njoloma and Mandy Pondani for the position of committee member.

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