Film Association of Malawi (Fama) President Ezaius Mkandawire said Monday he has had a fruitful time serving the association and that he is looking forward to the incoming leadership to continue from where he will be leaving.
Fama goes to polls this coming Saturday where the position of president will see a contest between two renowned players in the film industry – Gift Sukez Sukali from Lilongwe and Ashukile Mwakisulu from Blantyre.
Mkandawire said the association has moved through thick and thin and that it was now heading in the right direction with a number of programmes and projects on the ground.
“We are now recognised as an association by the government, donors, companies and several other stakeholders and we need to continue to build this relationship. I therefore call upon the incoming leadership to maximise the things we have done well and work on the challenges,” he said.
Mkandawire said he was not interested in contesting again.
“I have done my part as I have indicated and all I can do is to prepare for a smooth transition and hand over the mantle to the new presidency come June 19,” he said.
Mwakisulu said Monday he wants to serve the association and take it to greater heights hence his coming out to contest for presidency.
“I believe I have what it takes to drive Fama. I have worked in several platforms and I think I can take this to Fama,” the actor and filmmaker, the brains behind Choices soapie, said.
Mwakisulu is also set to premiere a film titled All We Have is Us next month.
Sukez, who has worked with a number of players in the industry and recently with his HD Plus team premiered a film titled Fatsani: A Tale of Survival, has also insisted that he wants to build Fama.
Other people seeking election this Saturday include Flora Suya, Chiyembekezo Kalonga and Dickson Mandota, who are vying for the seat of vice president.