Lungu retains St Patrick’s seminary alumni mantle

Economist Dr. Mark Lungu has retained leadership of St Patrick’s Seminary Foundation, a registered trust made up of former students of St Patrick’s Seminary of Rumphi, northern Malawi.

Lungu is the Foundation’s National Coordinator.

The Foundation is a trust created several years ago to support the school that has for years churned out industry leaders and has since 1972 been leading in national science examinations and national English drama.

Lungu unanimously retained the Foundation’s leadership at an annual conference in Salima.

Lungu: Re-elected

The foundation aims at supporting St Patrick’s by maintaining infrastructure, providing teaching and learning materials in addition to supporting deserving needy students.

In his acceptance speech, Lungu, a Reserve Bank of Malawi senior economist was optimistic of Foundation’s stand mainly because, he said; the alumni are keen to give back to an institution that continues to provide leaders for Malawi both on spiritual and social economic development.

The alumni made pledges towards renovation and painting of hostels, the Chapel, laboratories, Infirmary and sports room.

There were also pledges towards provision of internet and establishment of the foundation’s national secretariat.

“Despite the challenges we met in the past year, we’ve still been able to reach out to our mother Spatsey (St Patrick’s),” said Lungu to Nyasa Times adding that the foundation sourced 10 wheelchairs for the school in addition to giving the school text books and painting of class rooms.

“This time around, we are in the process of transporting to St Patrick’s over 100 desks sourced by the Foundation’s members through our South Africa chapter,” disclosed Lungu.

In the elections, Malawi Law Society Chairperson, lawyer John Gift Mwakhwawa, was given a vote of confidence as chairperson of the foundation’s board.

Kondwani Zulu of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) was voted Lungu’s deputy.

Lawyer Wapona Kita is the foundation’s Secretary General while the coffers will be managed by Francis Gondwe, an engineer with Malawi Energy and Regulatory Authority (Mera).

Martin Kaluluma, Abdon Pemba and Albert Nkhonya are executive members.

The Board’s other members are eminent engineer Dr Matthews Mtumbuka, Head of IT at Airtel, Human Rights activist Peter Chisi, a Dr Peter Mvula, Bishop of Diocese of Karonga, Dr Martin Mtumbuka and Head of the Catholic Church in Malawi, Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza.

The leadership of the foundation’s four local chapters has been entrusted to  engineer Sungani Tembo (North), lawyer Oswald Mtupira (Centre), Social scientist Benjamin Banda (East) and Finance Analyst Michael Jere (south)

“We have so much relied on our own pockets to come this far, we must challenge ourselves to engage  commercial partners in our common quest to inspire young people?” said Mwakhwawa.

The Foundation will very soon launch a chapter in South Africa.

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