National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) goes to the polls this Saturday to elect National Executive Committee (Nec) members but it will not hold its annual general meeting (AGM) for now.
Ntam Taskforce Chairperson McArthur Matukuta confirmed the development Tuesday.
“We will only do elections and we will conduct these elections in regions. This has happened because of financial challenges. As for the AGM, we will conduct it on October 15 2021,” Matukuta said.
The former Ntam president said the election process would be through the ballot.
He said the AGM would take place in Mzuzu.
“We are still running around sourcing funds and this has been a challenge,” Matukuta said.
On the elections, Matukuta said they were long overdue and that it was high time the positions in Nec were filled.
Recently, Ntam Board Chairperson Timothy Chikoja said that the elections were long overdue and that, for the theatre body to make progress, there was a need to fill the positions.
The term of office for the previous Nec, which was headed by the late Eric Mabedi, expired two years ago.
The position of president will see a battle between veteran actors Maxwell Chiphinga better known as Max DC from Blantyre and Edwin Chonde from Lilongwe whereas as, on the position of vice president, the battle is between Beauty Fologonya, Sam Sambo and Moses Chirambo Jr.
The position of secretary general will see a tussle between Bernard Gondwe and Philmon Kuipa.
Veteran actress Mildred Murindiwa is vying for the position of vice secretary general whereas Shadreck Jumaina is vying for the position of treasurer general.
The position of publicity secretary will see a battle between Ian Chitsekula and Fumbani Phiri whereas for the position of vice publicity secretary, the battle is between Gibson Chisale and Frank Mbewe.