The long awaited Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) congress will be held on December 28 at Glalle Multipurpose Hall in Area 49 in Lilongwe.
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the union Pastor Wycliffe Chimwendo confirmed of the congress Thursday with top on the agenda being elections of the national executive committee.
“All is set for the congress. We are looking forward to a peaceful and interactive time as a family of musicians. We expect to have the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Dr Michael Usi,” the veteran gospel musician said.
The elections will see artists battling it out in different positions with that of presidency seeing the current leader Gloria Manong’a seeking re-election and she is set to shrug it off with Anthony Dumbah and old-timer Vita Chirwa of Kalimba Band.
In a related development Mum South Chapter on Wednesday held an end of year party at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre which also saw some of the aspiring candidates campaigning to be voted into different offices.
Some of the candidates who spoke during the gathering included Dumbah and Manong’a who are vying for presidency, Khuza Rampi who is contesting on the position of vice president alongside the likes of Faith Mussa, Martha Mituka, who is the outgoing Women’s Desk chairperson and is now vying for the office of treasure, Stitch Fray, who is seeking election as Youth Desk chairperson and Mable Lwanda, who is vying for the position of Women’s Desk chairperson.
The other candidates vying for other positions who also spoke included Tony Chitimatima and Liz BK.
Mum South Chapter chairperson Ethel Kamwendo Banda, said they organised the end of the year party to interact ahead of the festive season and also hear from some of the candidates ahead of the elections.
“We are looking forward to the elections and those who will be elected should do their best to uplift the union,” Kamwendo Banda said.
Trustee Favoured Martha called upon members to engage peacefully ahead of the elections and refrain from violence.
“Elections will come and go but we will be there to interact and so, let us maintain peace even during the elections and those who will not make it, they should concede defeat otherwise I am wishing all the candidates the best,” she said.
Renowned promoter Jai Banda popularly known as Mr Entertainer, who was the guest of honour said he was impressed with the direction of the union and the progress made.
“There is still more to be done for the growth of the music industry and creative sector as a whole. The elections coming up are giving us a chance to elect people who will drive the union forward,” Banda, who is one of the founders of the music body, said.
He called upon the corporate world and the government to take interest in supporting the creative sector describing it as vital in the development of the country. Veteran musician Patrick Simakweli spiced up the event with an acoustic performance.