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Misa-Malawi elects new office bearers

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MEDIA practitioners in the country on Saturday voted for Director of News and Current Affairs at Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) Teresa Ndanga as Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter Chairperson.

Ndanga, who becomes the first woman to lead the media body, will lead Misa Malawi in the next three years taking over from former Times Group business editor Thom Khanje.

She defeated Frank Phiri of FD Communications by 237 to 165 votes in a contest which saw 403 practitioners voting.

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Ndanga’s teammates in the competition, The Sunday Times Assistant Editor, Clifton Kawanga and Times Reporter, Mandy Pondani also triumphed to become Misa Malawi Chapter Vice Chairperson and Executive Member respectively.

Kawanga beat Sellina Kainja of Nation Publications Limited (NPL) by 234 to 170 votes while Pondani triumphed over Chimwemwe Njoloma of Malawi News Agency (Mana) by 228 to 175 votes.

In her acceptance speech, Ndanga said she will use the position to promote the media profession in the country.

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Ndanga, who campaigned under the slogan ‘journalism first’ said media freedom in the country needs to be enhanced.

She then took some time to say no political party funded team Teresa, Clifton and Mandy (TCM) campaign.

In the run up to the polls, the stories making rounds were that the campaigns for both Ndanga and Phiri got funding from some political parties.

“Let me disclose the funding for my campaign. Some people were saying I was sponsored by a party in this campaign but that is a total lie. Our budget was at K2.3 million and there are some individuals that we approached for funding. I can give you a list of people who funded this campaign and there is no politician on that list. The sponsors are fellow media practitioners,” Ndanga said.

During campaign, Ndanga promised to work with stakeholders for holistic implementation of the Access to Information Act, continue to lead a campaign to lobby government to make the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) a true public broadcaster and improve practitioners’ capacity through trainings.

She also said in her time, Misa Malawi will also continue to monitor attempts to enact media unfriendly laws and lobby various stakeholders against limitations on press freedom

Saturday’s elections were happening after the May 6 2017 elections were rescheduled due to misunderstanding over the voters’ roll but yesterday’s polls went on peacefully.

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