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Overstone Kondowe resigns as Apam President

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By Faith Kadzanja:

Overstone Kondowe has resigned from the position of president in the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) to pave the way for a new position.

Kondowe was recently appointed Chairperson of the African Union for Persons with Albinism (AUPA).

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A memo from Apam, dated April 22 2019, indicates that Kondowe has resigned from the position of Apam president following his appointment as chairperson of Aupa.

The memo, which Apam Board of Trustee Reverend Peter Kandulu has signed, says Pamela Juma, who was Apam Vice President, shall act as president of Apam until fresh elections are held at a general assembly in June 2019.

“Inorder to retain his contributions to Malawians with albinism, Apam has recruited Mr Overstone Kondowe with effect from May 1 2019, as a national coordinator replacing Mr Boniface Massah whose contract expired in December 2018,” reads part of the statement.

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Earlier this year, Kondowe led people with albinism in matches organised to express their dismay at the government’s failure to protect them.

In an interview, Kondowe said his new position at Aupa was involving, hence his decision to resign as Apam president.

“I thought I should give other members of the association space to take up the role because I have been given a position at African Union level, where I am leading more than one institution and this position recquires frequent travel outside the country,” Kondowe said.

Kondowe was elected in 2015 and his contract was to expire in 2022.

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