ZOMBA, Mediapractitioners in Zomba have elected an executive committee which will ensure that there was unity and collaboration among the members of the fourth arm of government.
During the elections held at Zomba District Council Chamber presided over by Malawi Electoral Commission, Cassim Aubi of Zodiak Broadcasting Station was elected as the first President for the club after collecting 17 votes against seven for his contender Tiyamike Mao Njanji.
On position of General Secretary, members elected Holyce Kholowa of Nation Publications Limited who amassed 12 votes followed by Kassim Kajosolo with 10 votes while Cortex Nzima has been elected as Publicity Secretary after bagging 12 votes against Johannes Murhowah who had 10 votes.
On the other hand, Judith Msonkho of Radio Maria Malawi, apparently the only female candidate in the committee went unopposed for the seat of Treasurer.
In his acceptance speech, Aubi promised to work with everyone in building a strong team of reporters in the district regardless of which media house one represented.
My role as president is to ensure that there is unity among journalists in Zomba and surrounding districts where everyone will be involved in decision-making process for the club, said Aubi.
Aubi, promised to strengthen the relationship between the media, civil society organizations and government sectors particularly on the country’s developmental issues through creation of a good working environment for the journalists.
The newly elected president emphasized the need for the media to work as watchdogs in accessing information affecting Malawians, despite having challenges in the course of pursuing such stories.
In his remarks, Chairperson for Civil Society Organizations in Zomba, Newton Sande Sindo said the elections demonstrated the growth of Zomba Press Club, noting that the club would enhance information, education and communication initiatives in the district.
Sindo said civil society organizations were optimistic that the club would make positive contributions to the society, on the basis that information was crucial to changing people’s attitudes in various aspects of life.
I would like to appeal to the elected leaders to promote cooperation and be transparent in discharge of your duties because everyone wants to be heard and hear what is happening in the country and around the world, Sindo said.
This is the first election the club has conducted since it was formed early this year.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA