By Sam Banda Jnr:
Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) chapter elections will be held today.
The chapter elections for the Southern Region will be held at Chrichi Gardens in Blantyre.
South chapter outgoing chairperson Tonny Chitimatima, who took over the mantle from Pa Mtume following his suspension, said Monday all was set for the elections.
“We are ready, and we are inviting all musicians regardless of whatever songs they are do to come. We also want musicians to come and pay membership. We will present a report on how things have moved in the year 2018,” Chitimatima said.
He said they have also invited different people to be part of the event and that the guest of honour is Jai Banda popularly known as Mr Entertainer in the music circles.
“Mr Entertainer has been in the industry for a long time and has promoted a lot of musicians in the country. Therefore, we thought it wise to invite him as a guest of honour,” Chitamatima said.
He also said they have invited players such as Fredokiss, an award-winning hip-hop artist, who has expressed contesting as a member of Parliament in the elections in May.
“Fredokiss is one of the artists who is doing well on the ground and again he is also contesting as a member of Parliament and so we thought of inviting him. We have also invited some politicians,” the outgoing chairperson said.
He also said the gathering would offer a platform to musicians to come together and share ideas ahead of the national elections in May.
“As musicians, we play a crucial role in disseminating information, so we felt it wise to use this ground to share information. As musicians, we also need to be careful in the way we compose songs, especially during this campaign period,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chitimatima has said he will not contest for any position.
This comes barely a week after he announced that he would contest again for the hot seat of chairperson.
“Due to challenges beyond my control, I have decided not to contest but I will always be there to support others,” he said.
Some of the names that have expressed interest in battling it out on the position of chairperson include Stevie Wazisomo Muliya and Limbani Simenti.
The chapter elections are coming barely a month after Mum also held elections for the national executive, which saw Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango retaining the presidency.
Mhango said recently that elected chairpersons for the chapters would be part of the national executive committee as members.
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