By Tiyese Monjeza
Montfort Media has launched two books namely Beyond Good Intentions: The Bible’s Mandate for Good Governance and Chipateni and Other Unsung Songs at a colourful event held at Mwambo Lecture Theatre at University of Malawi (Unima) in Zomba.
The two books— Beyond Good Intentions: The Bible’s Mandate for Good Governance and Chipateni and Other Unsung Songs—have been authored by Unima theology lecturer Mzee Hermann Yokoniah Mvula and veteran columnist Levi Zeleza Manda.
Speaking during the launch, which attracted a huge turnout, Montfort Media General Manager Father Blaise Jailosi said they were committed to publishing quality books in the country as part of uplifting the reading culture amongst the citizenry.
“We have excelled in publishing books on different topics and we will maintain the standards. We are excited that our dream of working with these great authors is now a reality,” Jailosi said.
Manda said his fiction book portrays things that are happening in the society.
“The book has 12 short stories which tell real-life experiences. People can get lessons from the characters in these stories and be inspired that every challenge has a solution,” he said.
Manda called upon writers to be creative and strive to craft authentic stories to attract interest from the younger generation.
Mvula said his book is there to inspire a new way of doing politics that is guided by upholding biblical ethical principles and moral values.
Legal expert Garton Kamchedzera, who was the guest of honour, hailed the two writers for publishing the books and encouraged writers in the country to use their pens to tackle issues that relate to life of ordinary Malawians.
“Books should strive to share knowledge which is vital and help people make better and informed decisions. We, as a country, must also encourage people to read since there is vast knowledge in books,” Kamchedzera said.
Musician Agorosso and veteran poet Alfred Msadala spiced up the event.
Kamchedzera and Makhumbo Munthali were the highest bidders during auction and bought both copies of the books at K70,000 each.