Malawians based in England’s Manchester city have formed an association which is aimed at bringing together Malawians in the city and help each other in times of need.
The gathering, known as the Malawi Manchester Association, held its first meeting at West London College in the city.
The interim chairman Charles Kachitsa highlighted that, there was a need for Malawians to come together.
“We have been in Britain for many years now, and some of us are not planning to go back home any soon. We have children being born here who may be losing their identity. And on top of that we have Malawians who face problems such as illness or even death who needs the hand of fellow countrymen; this is what this association is for,” said Kachitsa.
The group also elected the interim committee that will develop the vision of the group.
The objectives of the association focuses of four main areas, which include the getting together of Malawians for social events, helping Malawians in times of need, engage in charity activities so that they can help money towards different situations in Malawi such as disasters, education and health.
The association also aims to be a resource centre for promotion of Malawi culture to people of other nationalities in the city.
Publicity secretary of the group Kingsley Ngumuya highlighted that for so long Manchester has not had an association.
“We have heard of our fellow Malawians in Midlands having an association and this is a great moment for Manchester,” he said.
The full interim committee comprises of chairman Kachitsa, organising secretary Mada Mpoya and his vice is Andrew Chimenya , treasurer is Saidi Phiri, vice treasurer is Winston Mponda, publicity secretary is Kingsley Ngumuya, seconded by Chalo Mvula.
Others members are Harris Kabvina, Sharon Malunga. Linda Nwosu , Grace Msowoya and Wayne Nkosi Tamanda
All Malawians in Manchester based are encouraged to be part of the association.