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Nyika Media Club ushers in new office bearers with calls for professionalism

Written by  Rose Mahorya
Members of Nyika Media Club pose  for a photograph during their 2017 annual general meeting - Pic by McCarthy  Mwalwimba Members of Nyika Media Club pose for a photograph during their 2017 annual general meeting - Pic by McCarthy Mwalwimba

Mzuzu, October 30, 2017: Journalists in the northern region Saturday elected new office bearers for Nyika Media Club with calls that they should perform their work with professionalism. 

Speaking during the elective annual general meeting at Mphatso Motel in Mzuzu, veteran journalist, Jacob Nkambule, said journalists should always strive for objectivity despite the challenges they face in the course of their duty.

Nkambule, who now works with Livingstonia Synod's Church and Society Programme, said journalists risk losing public trust if they allow to be influenced by external forces for personal benefits.

“I know that a lot has been said about this and I am saying it again that, as journalists, we must stand by our grounds and refuse to be negatively influenced by financial, political or social challenges in reporting the truth.

“As we are approaching general elections in 2019, my appeal is that as journalists, we will prepare ourselves to report to the masses with fairness so that they can make informed decisions,” he said.

Newly elected chairperson, Mandy Pondani of Times Group, concurred with Nkambule and called upon politicians to desist from “taking journalists as puppets” to use in achieving what they want to.

“To our political stakeholders, I would like to appeal that you give journalists the respect that they deserve by allowing them to do their job without any interference,” she said.

Pondani who served as the club’s general secretary in the previous committee emerged winner with 25 votes against her contender Zodiak Broadcasting Station's Alex Banda who got 10 votes.

Andrew Mkonda and Rose Mahorya of Malawi News Agency were elected as vice chairperson and vice general secretary, respectively, while Juliet Chirwa and Themba Mwale of Voice of Livingstonia were voted as Treasurer General and General Secretary respectively.

Other office bearers are Frank Kauteka Tembo and Tawonga Hara of Mzimba Community Radio who were elected as projects coordinator and executive committee member respectively.

MacDonald Gondwe of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and Ephraim Nyirenda of Tuntufye FM Radio were also elected as executive committee members.

The elections were presided over by Mzuzu Police Station’s Public Relations Officer Martin Bwanali and his deputy Cecelia Mfune with VOL’s Director, Jessie Puwapuwa as an observer.


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