Written By Enock Balakasi
Lilongwe Water Board on Wednesday afternoon donated 500, 000 kwacha to the Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), topping up on the media body’s funds aimed at purchasing its own office building.
MISA Malawi intends to raise 30 million kwacha in its quest to buy own office and has come up with various fundraising activities including courting corporate institutions.
According to Chairperson of the fundraising committee Edith Tsirizani, the organisation has so far raised over nine million kwacha.
She hopes that MISA Malawi would be able to meet the 30 million kwacha target by the end of this year.
The 500, 000 kwacha cheque was presented to Tsirizani and MISA Malawi Chairperson Tereza Ndanga by Lilongwe Water Board Chief Executive Officer Engineer Alfonso Chikuni at the board’s offices in Lilongwe.
Tsirizani commended Lilongwe Water Board for this gesture, saying it has encouraged them to increase the pace towards achieving their goal.
She added that it is sustainable for MISA to have its own offices because the organization will cut rental expenses hence channeling its resources and energies towards vital activities of promoting journalists and media independence.
“So far so good, so for Lilongwe Waterboard to do this for us is great push and we’re happy. We believe that we are going to achieve our objectives, ” said Tsirizani.
Chairperson of the fundraising committee further disclosed that they have managed to fundrase 9.5 million kwacha out of targeted 30 million kwacha.
MISA Malawi is an umbrella body of all media organisations in the country with a mission of promoting the rights and freedoms of journalists.
On his part, Lilongwe Water Board Chief Executive Officer Engineer Alfonso Chikuni said his company expects a cordial working relationship with the media.
He explained that the board has decided to put the media at the center of its activities to promote good communication with their clients in order to improve service delivery.
” As Lilongwe Waterboard, we realize the importance of media in driving our strategy for the well being of the city of Lilongwe, thus why we thought we should be the first one to kick start the donation for the office building, ” said Chikuni.