Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) president the Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango has resigned from his position citing personal reasons, this is according to a letter addressed to his vice, dated April 14.
However, Mhango could not divulge more information about his resignation but stated that he is happy that he has left a good legacy.
“There are so many things that I have achieved, and I hope whosoever takes over will build on what I have left. Meanwhile, I will concentrate on my ministry more,” he said.
In a separate interview, MUM’s board of trustees chairperson Wycliffe Chimwendo confirmed receiving Mhango’s resignation letter.
“Since his re-election he has been having issues with some members. We were working on ironing out the issues and now it is unfortunate that he has resigned.
“In the meantime, Gloria Manong’a takes over in acting capacity while we are working on holding a general assembly to elect a new president,” he said.
Mhango has been at MUM’s helm for the past five years and his achievements include overseeing its transformation from an association to a union.
During his tenure, together with partners, he organised music awards for two consecutive years. The awards were later shelved due to funding constraints.
He was elected as president in 2014 and he got a fresh mandate last December to serve for a second four-year term. Prior to that, he served as the then association’s president for one year after taking over from Costen Mapemba.
However, his reign was not short of disagreements as in 2016 he was mired in controversies with some members including MUM Southern Region chapter chairperson Papa Mtume due to bad blood.