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Five to battle for a Mum presidency

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Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) will hold its congress next month with top on the agenda being of the national executive committee elections which will see five artists battling it out for the top position of presidency.

Mum Board of Trustees Chairperson Wycliffe Chimwendo said Thursday that they were looking for close to K21 million to successfully hold the congress next month.

The five candidates vying for presidency are veteran reggae musician Lambanie Dube, current president Gloria Manong’a, Vita Chirwa of Kalimba, Anthony Dumbah and Charles Burton.

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“Preparations for the congress are going on well so far but we need to raise funds to meet the budget of K21 million. So, we have planned a number of fundraising activities which includes a big walk where artists will be running with forms and ask for support from people out there,” Chimwendo said.

He said they would run these fundraising activities in all the chapters and they were also looking at holding a fundraising concert.

“We cannot do without people’s support and this is why we have taken it upon ourselves to run fundraising activities to show that we are serious about raising K21 million,” the veteran gospel musician said.

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Chimwendo said this year’s congress promises a lot as it has attracted interest from both up-and-coming musicians and old-timers.

“We are heading in the right direction in terms of building Mum. We want every musician in the country to be part of the body and we are excited that both the young and the old are part of it,” he said.

Chimwendo then revealed that the elections this year will also have elections for the newly created Youth Desk.

“We want the youth to be involved in running Mum and so, we have created the Youth Desk which will see a battle for presidency between Faith Mussa and Khuza Rampi,” he said.

Chimwendo called on people to support them during their fundraising activities to meet the K21 million budget.

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