St Patrick’s Foundation elects new office bearers: Lungu new chair

The St Patrick’s Seminary Foundation (SPATSEY), a grouping of alumni of St Patrick’s Seminary in Rumphi, northern Malawi, has a new board and an executive committee across its structures.

The new members were elected during the foundation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in the lakeshore district of Salima from 25 to 27 October, 2013.

The general assembly elected Dr Mark Lungu, an economist working for the Reserve Bank of Malawi as   Chairman of the Board replacing lawyer John Gift Makhwawa who retired after successfully serving his term.

Lungu will be deputised by Airtel Malawi Director of IT Services, Dr Matthews Mtumbuka.

Cheke Ziba: Strategic leadership

Other members of the Board include Dr Victor Mgomezulu of Mzuzu University and Francis Nobert Gondwe who works for the Malawi Energy regulatory Authority (MERA).

Dr Francis Chinjoka Gondwe was elected to head the foundation’s NEC as National Coordinator. Dr Gondwe is an accountant and trainer working for AMG Global, a Public Certified Accountants firm.

Gondwe will be deputized by Peter Chisi, currently working for the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC).

The position of secretary general went to Peter Bweya Nyirenda, an engineer working for the National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) while Treasurer General is Israel Chavula, Standard Bank of Malawi employee.

The foundation has also roped in the services of Isaac Cheke Ziba, a former Malawi’s Director of Information but currently working as Director of Public Affairs Unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC).

Other members of the National Executive Committee are Sungani Tembo (an engineer), Oswald Mtupila (a lawyer), Yewo Nyirenda (an engineer with Lilongwe City Council) and Daniel Zimba (working for Auction Holdings Limited).

The foundation also has five chapters whose leaders are a Mr Chinyoli (Southern Chapter), Fidelis Sindani (Lilongwe Chapter) Anock Mumba (Blantyre Chapter), Christopher Mhone (Mzuzu Chapter) and Elias Mwakilama heads the Zomba Chapter.

According to Cheke Ziba, the board is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to the foundation while the NEC is responsible for the day to day operations at the foundation’s secretariat in Lilongwe.

SPATSEY Foundation was established in 2006 with an aim of improving the quality of education and wellbeing of students at St Patrick’s Seminary and enhancing active interactions amongst ex-seminarians of St Patrick’s Seminary.

It is a legally constituted institution under the laws of Malawi with a standing constitution of its own and undertakes its activities on a non-partisan basis with its motto “it is better to give than to receive.”

“The foundation wishes to express its profound gratitude to the outgoing Board Chairperson, Mr John Gift Mwakwawa and his Committee, the outgoing National Coordinator, Dr Mark Lungu and his committee and all outgoing chapter presidents and their respective committees for having served the foundation with distinction for the past two years,” said Cheke Ziba.

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