Malawi Union of Academic and Non- Fiction Authors (Muana) on Sunday successfully held a virtual annual general meeting (AGM).
This is the very first virtual AGM for the association and it comes following Covid-19.
The association’s president Ron Muphuwa said Monday that some of the issues they discussed and resolved include passing of the 2021 Muana budget of K40.8 million.
“We also amended the association’s constitution to include a section on new guidelines of conducting elections and another section mandating the Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) as administrator for Muana members’ copyright,” Muphuwa.
He said they also adopted Muana 2021 activities which include training for authors, capacity building for secretariat, recruitment of new members and production of branding materials.
One of the members Peric Kulumbasi described the virtual AGM as an advanced experience to most of them.
“I salute Muana for this development. In these hard times of Covid-19, this is the way to go especially to avoid physical gatherings,” Kulumbasi said.
Another member William Mpina also welcomed the move by Muana, saying this was progress.
“Infact, the beginning is always tough but the best is that the meeting has been conducted. For the glitches, I believe that the minutes will be circulated,” Mpina said.
On the technical challenges, Muana Vice President Ndongolera Mwangupili, who was the host of the AGM, said they would do better in other virtual meetings.
“As a host, I would like to apologise to those who failed to join due to some technical challenges. We had a hiccup with the first identity but it has been an experience to us all. We keep learning and next time we will do much better,” Mwangupili said.
About 70 members were expected to take part in the virtual AGM.
Some quarters have called on arts associations and players in the creative industry to embrace technology in order to advance some of their programmes during this time when different sectors have been affected by the pandemic.