There are changes on the part of aspirants in the forthcoming elections for Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) National Executive Committee following vetting by the credential committee.
Mum Board Chairperson Wycliffe Chimwendo confirmed the development Wednesday saying, following scrutiny by the credential committee, some contestants were ineligible.
Chimwendo said, for instance, the presidential battle is now between three contestants namely Gloria Manong’a, who is the current president, Anthony Dumbah and Vita Chirwa.
Before vetting, the presidential contestants included veteran reggae musician Lambanie Dube and Charles Burton.
“All submissions of expression of interest were to be vetted and, so, some fell out because of a number of requirements and they include age and academic qualification, which is there in our constitution,” he said.
Chimwendo said they were now looking for contestants for presidency for the youth desk.
“We had Faith Mussa and Khuza Rampi before vetting but, the age limit being 35, they were all ineligible and, so, now there is a need to ask for expression of interest for new contestants. There is a one week window for that,” he said.
Chimwendo said the development has also led to them making changes on the date and venue.
“Everything is in its place in terms of all administrative things, participation and then we are also giving ample time for those who would want to contest to come forward and contestants need to check the constitution to check whether they are eligible,” the board chairperson said.
Meanwhile, Faith who was set to battle it out for the youth desk presidency but fell short of eligibility due to age, is now set to contest for the position of vice president.
“It has been a tough ride, politics and character assassinations in the process, but I am soldering on. So much needs to change here. A lot of established artists have kept away from Mum because of gossip and dirty politics and this has taken us down,” he said.