The Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) on Thursday elected new executive board with Nedbank employee, Chikumbutso Kalilombe taking over the seat of president from economist, Henry Kachaje.
The 10 new office bearers were voted in on Thursday during ECAMA’s annual general meeting at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi, and are expected to the economics think tank for the next three years.
ECAMA held the AGM under the theme Rethinking the Pillars and Structures for Malawi’s Transformative and Inclusive Economic Development.
Kalilombe who is Head of Treasury Sales at Nedbank Malawi is replacing Kachaje, chief executive officer of Business Consult Africa (BCA), and has been at the helm of ECAMA for the past years.
In his acceptance speech, Kalilombe said was not expecting to be elected president.
“I never thought of becoming president of Ecama. I thought the president [Henry Kachaje] was continuing,” he said, adding: “I’m humbled, I’m not the best and I will seek your counsel.”
In an earlier interview, Kachaje said he has “been able to contribute what I thought I could contribute”.
“I believe it is time to give the mantle to someone else who will take Ecama to greater heights,” said Kachaje, who said his tenure had been challenging as well as exciting.
Kalilombe will be deputised by Lowina Mwasigala. The Secretary General is Andrew Kumbatira and his vice is Esnart Chilije while the treasurer and vice are Frank Chantaya and Laureen Nyasulu respectively.
Executive members are Eric Hanjahanja, Enock Kondowe, June Kambalametore and Hope Chavula.
Here is the full list:
1) President: Chikumbutso Kalilombe
2) Vice President: Lowina Mwasigala
3) Secretary General: Andrew Kumbatira
4) Deputy Secretary General: Esnat Chilije
5) Treasurer: Frank Chantaya
6) Vice Treasurer: Lauryn Nyasulu
7) Eric Hanjahanja
8) June Kambalametore
9) Hope Chavula
10) Enock Kondowe