Malawians in the New York Tri-State Area, Thursday joined American nationals in the commemoration of Thanksgiving, an American holiday celebrated on the last Thursday of November.
The celebrations were held at the Malawi official residence of Malawi’s envoy to the United Nations.
Malawians celebrated the day partaking in a dinner that included the traditional way of thanks-giving celebrations – roasting the turkey.
During the celebrations, Eddah Mpinganjira-Gumbi was elected MAITA President in elections that were held where the Malawi Association in the Tri-state Area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (MAITA) voted in the new committee.
Mpinganjira-Gumbi has taken over the reigns over from Cliff Bobe after she served as a deputy to Bombe in the previous committee.
According to Maita’s Timothy Hamisi, the Association decided to hold the elections since the term of office for the previous committee had expired adding that also because some of the Committee members had left the Tri-State areas.
Malawi’s emissary to the UN Charles Msosa in his remarks congratulated the new MAITA Committee and encouraged the members to continue in the same spirit as the previous Committee. He further encouraged them to promote Malawi in their various stations in their respective stations.
“I would like to encourage the new committee to continue working hard in promoting the warm heart of Africa. While congratulating you all for being elected to your respective positions I urge you engage an extra gear in the service of others. Our country needs us. As Malawians in the Diaspora we have a duty to contribute to our national development,” said ambassador Msosa.
Msosa commended the outgoing committee and thanked them for their commitment and dedication to the smooth and active running of the Association.
Ambassador Msosa however, reminded Malawians that the celebration of Thanksgiving has a historical significance, dating back to when the early settlers commemorated the harvests.
The new MAITA Committee is comprised of Eddah Mpinganjira-Gumbo as President while Kalole Juwaweyi was voted in as Vice President. Vitta Oaswanye was polled in as the secretary and is deputised by Chimwemwe Mbobe. The post of treasure went to Anne Mkandawire while her vice is Mayamiko Msosa.
Former president Cliff Mbobe was ushered in as a Committee Member alongside Steve Fulakeza, Grant Kachenjera, Kondi Mtawali, Timoth Hamisi, Clara Chando and Deborah Phiri.
The MAITA, had by tradition, organized the Thanksgiving dinner, inviting all Malawians from the Tri-State come together to celebrate the festive day.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :