By: Lloyd M’bwana
The country’s most strategic environmental journalist body, Association of Environmental Journalist in Malawi (AEJ) plans to hold its 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) slated for May 22, 2016 in the capital Lilongwe.
The body’s AGM announcement comes barely a year after it failed to do similar event last year, 2015 due to financial commitments.
Through a press statement released on April 18 and made available to The Maravi Post which has been signed by its President Emmanuel Muwamba, AEJ will hold the AGM to usher new executive members to run the association for another three years.
“I hereby wish to announce that AEJ in Malawi will hold its 3rd AGM on May 22, 2016 in Lilongwe. This will be an elective assembly as you might be aware that the current executive was elected in April 2013 at an AGM which was graced by the late and then Director of Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Dr. Aloysius Kamperewera.
“In September, 2014 the association held its 2nd AGM and it’s first ever presentation of the GREEN MEDIA AWARDS which former minister of natural resources Atupele Muluzi presided over successful function held at Hotel Victoria in Blantyre”, reads in part the AEJ statement.
The association further seeks financial support for its activities including the conduct of this year’s AGM as its book financial balance could not be able to support the event.
“The financial resources that we are currently have are accrued from membership fees. We have tried all that we could to source additional finances but it hasn’t been easy. However, negotiations are still going on with potential donors to support this course.
“I therefore wish to inform all bonafide members that you can now start canvassing for support for all positions including president, vice president, secretary general, treasure general and it’s deputy, and six executive members”, concludes the AEJ statement.
However, the association has been operating on food to mouth of its activities despite present of the entire ministries of natural resources, lands, housing and urban develop and agriculture whose main focus policy direction are on environmental issues including other well-established environmental related organizations operating in the country.