Malawi President Professor Peter Arthur Mutharika is the new Society of Malawi Patron. His acceptance to be the Patron for the historic and Scientific institution has made the institution maintain its distinct mark of having the country’s leader as Patron.
The onus of being Patron of the Society is based upon his/her own individual willingness. The position automatically ceases when the Presidency ends. The position therefore became vacant when Presidency changed hands last May.
“With the elections taking place last year and a new political dispensation prevailing, we are grateful that President Professor Peter Mutharika has assented to becoming the Patron of the Society, continuing a tradition now extending for the seventy years,”said the Society’s Chairperson Carl Bruessow at their 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM).
During the AGM, that was held in Blantyre, former Diplomat Dr. Silas Nchozana was appointed as a Trustee to join Merry Palmer, Denis Lewis, and Dr Austin Mkandawire, who were trusted with a new term of office.
“Dr Silas Ncozana has agreed to become a Trustee of the Society bringing his rich and varied experience to our benefit,” the Chairperson said.
Judi Pennington was elected as new executive member while the rest of the team; Tawanda Madovi as deputy chairperson, Michael Bamford as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, Dora Wimbushas Honorary Librarian, Prof Colin Baker and David Stuart-Mogg as Honorary Journal Co-Editors.
Committee Members are Sandy Dudley, Michael Phoya, Amelia Taylor and Prof Cornell Dudley.
Bruessow disclosed that despite the challenges of recent political change and the difficult economic circumstances affecting the country the Society has in the first half of the year steadily progressed in various aspects.
“It is noticeable that the membership and public interest in the Society waxes and wanes in tune with the national state of affairs. The strength of the Society lies within the committee having very committed persons holding the key responsibilities,” he said.
Established in 1946, then known as The Nyasaland Society organises monthly talks on a wide range of topics and publishes a journal twice yearly. Membership is open to all.
The society also has a library and archive located in Blantyre with unique collection of books, documents and photographs of interest to browsers and researchers alike.
Bruessow said that the aims of the Society include promoting interest in literary, historical and scientific matters; discovering and recording facts and information about Malawi which might otherwise be lost; acquiring books on Africa generally but especially books relating to Malawi, and serving as a reference library to be maintained for the use of members and visitors.
The Society also supports the country’s Museums.
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