Some members of the Polytechnic Alumni have started meeting to strategize on raising funds for rehabilitating infrastructure at the constituent college of the University of Malawi.
The first meeting took place at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre on Monday evening where In attendance were the Vice Principal Dr Nancy Chitera, Registrar Margaret Longwe, The Students Union President, students and alumni -Hannock, Ng’oma, Joseph Chafumuka, and Rachel Mijiga among others.
Chitera told the meeting that the alumni have been invited to the golden jubilee celebrations of Unima and Polytechnic scheduled to take place from 21-26 September 2015.
She also hailed the alumni for the fund raising initiative saying this will go a long way of maintaining infrastructure at the College.
“The Polytechinic was the first to open its doors in 1965, so this place holds a special history as long as tertiary education is concerned the country,” she said.
She said the Anniversary celebration resource mobilisation committee has incorporated people from the industry which include Old Mutual General Manager Edith Jiya, Candlex Limited’s Director of Operations and Marketing Fredrick Changaya and NedBank Head of SME and Retail Banking Stanley Mkwamba, all alumni of the Polytechnic.
Longwe told the meeting that the college has embarked on tree planting exercise as part of mantianing the environment which it operates in.
She also said a football match between the old players for University Football Club namely Hannock Ng’oma, Phillip Madinga and Khwesi Msusa has been lined up to play with the current crop of the club.
The Alumni pledged to lobby with groups like Malawi Institute of Engineers, CIM Malawi Chapter, ICAM (Institute of chartered accountants in Malawi ) and organisations like the Telecom companies, Auditors Delloite, KPMG, Price Waterhouse, Banks as well as the alumni in the diaspora, to help in fundraising as the Polytechnic feeds into these organisations.
One of the Alumni Rachel Mijiga’s asked fellow alumni to help in the cause.
“In the fury and jungle of getting busy with our lives and occupations, we often are guilty of joining the ranks of those who ask what Government or those in authority are doing to take the nation forward, INSTEAD, of asking ourselves “what am I or have I done for my country…” said Mijiga, now Head of Enterprise Business at Airtel Malawi
Date of next meeting is on Monday, 30th March 2015 at Blantyre Sports club and all Alumni are encouraged to attend.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :