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Gloria Manong’a remains Mum acting president until congress meets

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

CHIMWENDO—The meeting may be held in the
next two months

Musician Gloria Manong’a will still serve as Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) acting president until an extraordinary meeting is held.

Manong’a, who was elected vice president, has been leading the music body in an acting capacity following the resignation of Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango in April this year.

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Mhango, who was elected president for the second term, resigned in April due to what he described as personal reasons.

Mum Board of Trustees Chairperson, Wycliffe Chimwendo, said Wednesday the trustees called for a meeting with the executive members recently at Chrichi Gardens in Blantyre.

“We called for the meeting to follow up on the resolutions passed after the extra-ordinary meeting we had on April 22 2019 following the resignation of Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango as president. As trustees, we called all the executive members that included the chapter chairpersons in all the four chapters plus the secretariat,” Chimwendo said.

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He said they agreed that Manong’a should still act as president until congress meets.

Chimwendo said they have 90 days to hold an extra-ordinary congress, where members would choose a new leader.

“We also had some issues to discuss, among them handovers and constitutional review. So the meeting maintained that we hold an extraordinary congress where members will, among other things, elect a new president, do a constitutional review and make relevant amendments,” he said.

Chimwendo also said, during the extra-ordinary congress, the national executive committee is expected to unveil its plans although this has delayed.

“However, due to logistical considerations, the meeting may be held in the next two months. Dates and other details will be announced by responsible people within the national executive committee,” he said.

Chimwendo said they took advantage of the meeting to engage the national executive committee to draft plans that would help stakeholders address problems dogging the creative industry.

Manong’a yesterday said she would continue to serve the body but called for transparency and respect of the constitution in the process.

“The constitution should be respected in all this process. We should not use shortcuts. For now, all I can say is that I will keep on working to my best to serve the music body,” she said.

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