Master of ceremonies (MCs) in Malawi will this month launch an association after successfully registering.
Vice president of the association Jacob Zakeyu said preparations to have a recognised body started in 2012 with the drafting of the constitution and this year the association was registered.
He said this in Lilongwe when MCs cleaned Bwaila Hospital’s maternity wing and cheered mothers who had just delivered.
“We are now a recognised body with rules that are going to be guiding us. We are launching this association on November 20 and that means every MC will be obliged to be a registered member,” said Zakeyu.
He said the association started in 1997 as a small group of MCs and was known as Lilongwe Master of Ceremonies Association.
Since the association did not have a constitution and was not registered, it was difficult to govern, leading to a number of anomalies.
“There were so many challenges such as MCs working without getting their payment, some MCs not turning up for their assignments and other MCs confirming jobs of different clients at the same time,” said Zakeyu.
He said the constitution bars all malpractices and gives the association powers to stop non-members from discharging duties as MCs.
The members also distributed different items to mothers who were at the hospital’s maternity wing.