Battle lines have been drawn at the forthcoming Media Institute for the Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi chapter elections and its a two horse race for the top post.
Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Weekend Nation editor George Kasakula will face Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) business editor Thom Khanje for the position of chairman on December 13 in Lilongwe.
Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times, Kasakula said: “I want to run for the position because I believe I have the ability, maturity and stature to take the organization to greater heights and make every journalist proud of their profession in this country.
“My vision is simple, I want to see more interaction of journalists at all levels, get them demand driven and home grown training and find ways of improving their welfare together with other organizations of like minds.”
He added: “Let us not lose sight of the fact that this is a regional body whose core values are to foster free, independent and diverse media. There is a lot of unfinished business in that regard. We have Access to information Bill which is yet to see light of day although there is hope with the present government promising to take it to Parliament. I will work hard day and night, if elected, to make sure the media and other stakeholders in Malawi get this weapon.”
Khanje, who is the current vice chairman and only eligible member in the outgoing National Governing Committee to stand, on the other hand, said: “My contesting is not about bringing changes but continuing from where the current leadership has stopped only that I want to take it to a greater height.
“I believe I am only the link of continuity with my experience, I have ideas of how to mould a successful MISA chapter because I know where we are coming from and a good direction for a bright future for journalists locally.”
“Though our main is to fight for media freedom, we cannot run away on the issues of journalists welfare, we look into the issues of salaries too,” he said.
Meanwhile, Times TV has organised a debate for the two contenders to share their vision for Misa Malawi and media freedom in general.
The television debate to be moderated by Brian Banda will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Old Mutual Auditorium from 6 pm.
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