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National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) will hold its annual general meeting (AGM) today at Chibavi Community Day Secondary School in Mzuzu.

The AGM comes barely two weeks after Ntam held its national elections whose results had to be withheld following a boycott from the Northern Region chapter, which felt disadvantaged with lack of information.

Ntam Taskforce Chairperson MacArthur Matukuta confirmed the development Thursday, saying about 60 members from the three chapters will attend the AGM.

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“You may recall that we were supposed to hold the AGM together with the elections but, due to financial problems, we only held elections. And now we are good to go with the AGM,” Matukuta, former Ntam president, said.

He said the AGM was vital in that it would commission the National Executive Committee (Nec) headed by veteran actor and playwright Maxwell Chiphinga, popularly known as Max DC, to start working.

“There are several things on the agenda including review of the constitution and getting reports from regions,” Matukuta said.

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Ntam Board Chairperson Timothy Chikoja said recently that it was high time the theatre body started making progress in its operations for the growth of theatre in the country.

Chikoja said they were happy that they had successfully held the elections.

“These elections were long overdue and they have delayed proceedings. It is now time to work and the executive has to start working now. Members need to unite and come together for the growth of the association and also theatre,” he said.

Apart from Chiphinga, the other members of Nec are Beauty Fologonya (vice president), Bernard Gondwe (general secretary), Mildred Murindiwa (vice general secretary), Shadreck Jumaina (treasurer general), Fumbani Phiri (publicity secretary) and Gibson Chisale (vice publicity secretary).

Chiphinga said, after his election, that Ntam needs to put its house in order.

“We need to formulate a strategic plan for the next 15 years. We need to sit down and articulate our vision and put it in black and white. This will be our road-map on how we will move; otherwise we are walking in darkness without this document,” he said.

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