Director of News and Current Affairs at Malawi’s Zodiak Radio Station, Tereza Temweka Ndanga has challenged journalists in the Northern Region to support her in the forth coming MISA Malawi elective council indaba if they would like things to improve.
MISA Malawi will on May 6 this year hold an indaba in Salima where among other things the incumbent committee will be held accountable on how they run the office in particular using the public funds besides surrendering their positions to allow new office bearers to take over.
Ndanga is vying for the post of chairperson. She is to face Frank Phiri who is reported to be her only challenger with Cliff Kawanga vying for the deputy chair.
But selling her manifesto to seasoned journalists at Nyika Media and Mzuzu Press Clubs in Mzuzu last Friday, Ndanga who is aspiring the position of the chairperson said first thing if she wins the post, she would advocate for a cut in registration fee for student journalists and non established ones to allow more join MISA whose number continue dwindling due to lack of incentives.
“When you elect me as your chair, more students including non established journalists will have to pay half cut of K5,000 instead of K10,000. “ said Ndanga.
She observed that most of the upcoming journalists shun joining the organization because its membership fee currently at K10,000 is rather expensive for someone who is still in school.
Ndanga who claimed was inspired by Eunice Chipangula to join journalism before winning the 2013 NAMISA Award journalist of the year accolade, said she feels bad to see most of the young journalists left out of trainings which MISA Malawi organizes to impart writing skills because they cannot pay K10,000.
Her comments come following complaints raised by community radio journalists in the Northern Region such as Tigawane, Radio ABC who at Nyika Annual General Meeting alleged that they were not benefiting from MISA membership because the registration fee was higher as they are not salaried.
But Ndanga said when she is ushered in, she would bring in a different mentorship programe where forgotten journalists such as award –winning Chipangula, Mabvuto Banda(Reuters ) will facilitate toshowcase their writing skills to bring color to Malawi media.
Ndanga observed that the current journalism is not biting as was the case with the time Chipangula and Mabvuto were active because experienced writers are not drafted into their programmes.
On her part, Nyika Media club General Secretary Manday Pondani said her organization was not backing Ndanga but allowed her to sell her manifesto. She called on members to pay membership for MISA to effectively vote candidates of their choice.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :