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Robert Chiwamba is new Poetry Association of Malawi president

BY MALAWIHEAT

Poetry gem, Robert Chiwamba, is new president for the country’s major poets’ block the Poetry Association of Malawi (PAM) – and is expected to hold office for the next three years, according to the association’s constitution.

The ‘Udzafa Imfa Yowawa’ creator replaces Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa—born Chisomo Mdalla—whose term came to an end recently.  

Chiwamba was announced the winner on Saturday after a highly contested visual election which saw new faces being ushered into various positions.


“I am very grateful, [and] I thank all the poets who took their time in casting votes on this day. I feel greatly honored with this huge responsibility of steering PAM towards achieving its goals and aspirations and promise to raise the flag of this association during my reign,” Chiwamba said immediately after he was announced winner.

He said his plans are to rebrand PAM into an association that embraces technology and innovation in promoting poetry and poets in the country.

“I will also try my best to create partnerships with other associations from both within and outside the country to learn from them on how to improve the welfare of poets, lobby Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) to collect royalties on behalf of poets and also mobilize the poets to be registered members of COSOMA,” he said.

According to Chiwamba, finding a permanent officer for the association and also facilitating capacity building workshops for poets are also top among some of his priorities.

Poet Zabuloni Dam who came second is the new vice president while the post of secretary general went to Patwel Phiri. Chikumbutso Kaliati is deputy secretary general.

Poet Joseph Kadzakumanja is Treasurer General while Ross Kampaundi is Events Organizer.

The outgoing president Chisomo Mdalla wished Chiwamba well and advised him to be a listening president if he wants to achieve his plans for the association.

Mdalla said him and the outgoing committee will be available to provide necessary support wherever needed in order to see the association blossoming and being recognized on the international scene.

He further asked all the contesters, both winners and those who did not make it to work together for the common goal of uplifting the poetry industry.

Conceding the defeat both Hudson Chamasowa and Felix Njonjonjo congratulated Chiwamba and wished him well saying they will support him and make his dreams for the association come true.

 

 

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