Renowned gospel musician Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango on Friday retained the presidency of the Music Union of Malawi (MUM) at the union’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Kamuzu Institute of Sports in Lilongwe.
Mhango as re-elected after trouncing Balaka-based veteran musician Charles Sinetre, the only contender to the post, with 54 votes against 13 .
“I just want to thank God for the favour once again and I thank everyone who voted for me,” said Mhango after being re-elected.
Sinetre who protested that the level playing field was not levelled, said he had accepted the outcome and pledged his support to new MUM leadership.
“I will be available for any support. It’s time to move on,” said Sinetre.
MUM vice president Lazi Nkhata lost the post ti Martha Pingasa alias Favoured Martha while Thomas Lupeska retained his general secretary position; so too did treasurer Young Chilaga.
Fredrick Yotamu is now Lupeska’s vice, after defeating Diwa Khwiliro. Pingasa also saw off competition from Patrick Simakweli and Bertha Nkhata.
The women desk had also changes after Martha Mituka defeated Eliza Kachali Kaunda to the post of chairperson and will be deputised by Ethel Kamwendo Banda.
Brenda Chombo Banda and Annie Mambo were elected secretary and treasurer, respectively. Maggie Mangani is Chombo-Banda’s vice.