They provide entertainment at weddings. Their art makes people leave their seats to go to the arena to drop kwachas for newlyweds.
But masters of ceremonies have been robbed, with some wedding organisers paying them less than what they deserve.Â
That is about to be history, as the masters have now teamed up to standardise their rate, introduce IDs and form a task force against thievery at weddings.
According to Southern Region Master of Ceremonies Association (Sormaca) Leston Nyamula, time is up for cheats.
â€œPeople have given us wrong figures collected at weddings. A master of ceremonies provides fun and entertainment, while at the same time, woos wedding guests to drop a few coins for the newlyweds. We want to have a standard rate and IDs from the association so that we can be covering each other at weddings,â€ said Nyamula.
According to him, the IDs will be out by the end of this month.
Sormaca secretary general George Chilonga said as an association, they are working on orientation for the masters of ceremonies on the dos and dontâ€™s of the trade.
â€œWe meet quarterly to develop our skills. Such meetings help us to network and break new grounds,â€ said Chilonga.