Thom Khanje of Times Group on Saturday got elected the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter chairman.
Khanje was elected in Lilongwe after beating George Kasakula editor of Weekend Nation with a resounding victory by obtaining 163 votes against 64.
He takes over from Anthony Kasunda.
Khanje pledged to “serve the media well” and accelerate the battle for freedom of the media during his reign.
He thanked the journalists for giving him a vote of “confidence” .
Kasakula conceded defeat,, hugged Khanje and congratulated him.
“I congratulate Mr Thom Khanje for his election. Misa –Malawi is for every journalist and we need to forge ahead together,” he said.
“Khanje fought hard, he wanted it more and he got it,” Kasakura told Nyasa Times reporter at the elections.
“His campaign was well funded to unprecedented level of money that has never happened to Misa before,” he added.
Khanje’s team also won elections including The Nation journalist Yvonne Sundu elected as vice chair and Winnie Botha in the executive.
Meanwhile, Kasakula on his way back to Blantyre was involved in a road accident as his car hit on a woman who died at Zalewa.
Police confirmed the accident and said the woman – believed to have been drunk- abruptly crossed the road when she was hit.
Kasakula was held for questioning by police and later released on bail.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :