The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) on Thursday, 5th May, 2016 made a donation of K300,000 to the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi scheduled for Saturday in Mangochi.
The money will be used for activities during this year’s World Press Freedom Day themed: ‘Fostering Press Freedom’.
After the presentation to MISA Malawi’s Mandala Mambulasa, MRA’s Deputy Director Corporate Affairs, Steven Kapoloma said the media in Malawi is crucial in advancing socio-economic development through, among many areas, educating the public on issues regarding taxation.
He urged the media to continue working professionally in their quest to inform, educate and entertain the society to achieve sustained economic growth.
Meanwhile, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) through its Social Development Directorate which comprises of the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM), Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Catholic Health Commission (CHC), Catholic Education Commission (CEC) and the Catholic Social Communications and Research Commission has also presented a cheque worthy K570, 000 to MISA Malawi towards the World Press Freedom Day commemorations.
Presenting the cheque at Catholic Secretariat in Lilongwe, Secretary General for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Rev. Fr. Dr. Henry Saindi said as a Church Institution, they thought of making the donation as a way of appreciating the role the media and individual journalists in Malawi play.
He said the Church through various Commissions is championing a lot of projects which require the presence of the media hence the donation will go a long way in enhancing the relationship between the Church and the media.
“For instance; CADECOM is implementing various projects in line with Water and Sanitation, agriculture and disaster risk management, just like CCJP is working towards advocacy and promotion of human rights
and as such the media cannot be left out if we are to realize positive results of these interventions,” said Fr. Saindi who is a trained communicator himself.
He said the donation is also aimed at motivating individual journalists who have tirelessly worked towards promoting all the thematic areas that ECM champions through its various Commissions.
For her part, MISA Malawi Vice Chairperson, Yvonne Sundu, commended ECM for the timely donation saying it will come a long way in realizing successful World Press Freedom Day commemorations in
“We are very thankful to ECM for the timely donation and this will contribute towards activities lined up for the world press freedom day celebrations in Mangochi. The money will help us among others in
transporting journalists from various regions of the country to Mangochi,” she said.
According to Sundu, this is a sign of a symbiotic relationship between MISA Malawi and ECM as both institutions benefit from one another.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :