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Ntam to close receiving applications monthend

As 3 express interest for presidency

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National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) Board Chairperson, Frank Patani Mwase, said Wednesday that they will close receiving applications this monthend for various positions ahead of elections next month.

Members are at the moment gearing up for the national elections slated for October 31 2020 with several names flying around on social media platforms expressing interest for different positions.

However, Mwase said they have not yet received the names so far.

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“We will get the full names of those contesting for different positions once we close everything this monthend. I can tell you that we do not even know who is contesting because we do not have the names. We know names are all over but for now many have just expressed interest,” he said.

Mwase said that it was important that those who have expressed interest do the needful by presenting their applications before the deadline.

“What we also advised those contesting is that they need to get at least three names from each region to back their application because we do not want names that only represent one region. We want people who will be elected to have representation in all the regions,” the veteran actor and playwright, who was active during the times of the late Du Chisiza Jr, said.

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With current President Eric Mabedi not seeking re-election, three names have so far expressed interest to contest for presidency and they are Max DC from Blantyre, Edwin Chonde from Lilongwe and Kenneth Mussa from Chitipa.

Mussa from Northern chapter is a new name in the theatre arena whereas Max DC and Chonde are veterans having been involved in a number of projects and their exploits are well known.

The national elections follows regional elections which were held early this month.

Both the regional and national elections are long overdue as they were expected to be held last year but due to financial problems, Ntam failed to do so.

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