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No funds yet for Vaam AGM

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Visual Arts Association of Malawi (Vaam) has not yet raised funds for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the association is expected to hold elections, among other things.

Vaam was supposed to hold elections in June last year following the expiry of the term of the current executive committee.

There was confusion in the association in October last year following a letter which the current president Mike Chilemba received from the membership asking him to hand over the leadership to Gilbert Mpakule.

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The members said in the letter that Chilemba had failed the association and that it had not made progress since he took over the leadership.

But Mpakule, who is Vaam vice-president, said Chilemba was still heading the association until elections were held.

Mpakule said yesterday that they had started preparations for the AGM which have affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Things are at a standstill at the moment because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have not yet managed to raise funds for the AGM. We were banking on contributions from members and well-wishers but we have not made progress,” Mpakule said.

Mpakule said their target was to hold the AGM after Easter holiday but in the absence of funds and the Covid-19 pandemic, they cannot do so for now.

“We are still discussing as an association on the way forward because we realise we need to hold the AGM and the elections. If we can get support, the better,” he said.

Last year in July, Chilemba indicated that Vaam was looking for close to K3 million to successfully hold the AGM and the elections.

National Theatre Association of Malawi is another arts body that is struggling to generate funds for its AGM.

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