After five years, it is time again to give a five-year mandate to another Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) executive committee to run the affairs of the association in the next five years.
In the August 30 2016 elections, incumbent national chairperson Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad Matemba, yet again faces Sheikh Imran Shareef—whom he defeated at the last elections. The venue is Comesa Hall in Blantyre and, according to the organisers of the elections, the exercise will start at 9am.
Elections chairperson, who also heads the MAM Board of Trustees, Sheikh Ali Kennedy, said all preparations were in place awaiting the big day.
“We will have three voters from each region, three from each district and one each from eight NGOs affiliated to MAM. Board members are also eligible to vote.
“We have Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad Matemba, who will face Sheikh Imran Shareef, on the position of national chairperson. Sheikh Yusuf Chibwana and Illyas Karim are expected to go unopposed as vice-chairperson and treasurer. According to the constitution, the treasurer is appointed by the new executive committee after the elections,” said Kennedy.
Muhammad Matemba, said in an interview that he is ready for the elections, and he is confident that the works of his hands will speak for him.
“I am 100 percent prepared because people have been seeing what I am able to offer. I have already done a lot especially wooing donor trust. I also drilled boreholes, built mosques, school blocks and assisting people during this time of food shortage, just to mention a few works of my hands,” he said.
On his part, Shareef said he has support from the grass roots and has gone everywhere to seek people’s mandate to run MAM affairs.
“I am confident I will win the elections. With all things being equal, I will carry the day. I only call for a level playing field and free and fair elections. Commissioners should not take sides,” said Shareef. n