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Mum board, Nec meets over Chimwemwe Mhango’s resignation

Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee (Nec) on Easter Monday met at an emergency meeting at Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) offices in Lilongwe to map the way forward following the resignation of Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango as the president of the music body.

The resignation of Mhango came barely five months after he was elected president for the second time.

Following Reverend Mhango’s resignation, vice president Gloria Manong’a took over the mantle in an acting capacity.

Mum Board of Trustees Chairperson, Wycliffe Chimwendo, confirmed the meeting Wednesday.

“Yes we met, the Board of Trustees and Nec, but we have a statement which will come out co-signed by me and secretary Wellington Chatepa,”Chimwendo said.

Chatepa described the meeting as fruitful and that they discussed several issues apart from the resignation of Mhango.

“Following the meeting, we have accepted Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango’s resignation and we wish him all the best in his other undertakings.

Now it is time to forge ahead and proper handovers are supposed to be made,” Chatepa said.

The former Mum president also said the meeting agreed to hold an extra-ordinary meeting of congress at a venue to be announced where they are to elect a new president.

“We will elect another president during the extra-ordinary meeting of congress which will be held within 90 days from now. We will also be organising a special meeting with Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango for the handovers within 10 days,” Chatepa said.

He also said, despite Reverend Mhango’s resignation, Mum was intact and that the business was going on as usual.

“We would like to inform players in the creative industry, the corporate world, the government and donors as well as well-wishers that Mum’s operations have not stopped,” Chatepa said.

In a letter dated April 14 2019 and addressed to the Mum Board of Trustees, Reverend Mhango, who took over the leadership of the music body from Costen Mapemba when it was still an association, said his resignation was purely personal.

“I write with a heavy heart to tender my resignation as Mum President. The reasons are personal. I thank God for the opportunity that was given to me as a leader of the union,” reads the letter in part.

Mhango said on Monday he had endured a lot since the elections, hence making the decision to resign.

“For now let it be personal but I was working in an environmental where I could not make progress and after consultations with my family I thought I should resign. I have done my part. I will always be there to assist wherever necessary and again I will continue to do my music,” he said.

Some artists alleged recently that Mhango and other members had misappropriated money for the music body and that he (Mhango) had failed to hand over cheque books and other documents to the new treasurer general Cathy Kawawa, who took over the mantle from Anthony Dumba.

Mhango has denied this, saying everything in the music body was intact and that those claiming he had misappropriated funds should come out with proof.

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