Zim writers elect new board

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Writers Association (ZWA) elected a new board headed by creative writer and journalist Monica Cheru-Mpambawashe at its Annual General Meeting held in Harare at the weekend.

Cheru-Mpambawashe, who was the vice chairperson of the previous board, is deputised by journalist and performing artiste Nqobile Malinga.

The rest of the board includes Lawrence Hoba (secretary general), Tinashe Muchuri (deputy secretary), Richard Gandari (resource mobiliser), Shumirai Nhanhanga (treasurer) and John Stewart (committee member).

The new ZWA board replaces the one that was headed by veteran writer academic Musaemura Zimunya. It also included Cheru-Mpambawashe (board vice-chairperson), Eresinah Hwede (resource mobiliser), Memory Chirere (secretary general), Dakarai Mashava (deputy secretary general), Beatrice Sithole (treasurer) and Malinga (committee member).

Cheru-Mpambawashe told the Daily News that her board is delighted to be coming on board at a time of promising political change.

“As a board coming in at a time there are so many changes in the country, we also feel obliged to take the business unusual approach,” said the Zwa board chairperson.

She added that the new board was determined to take the writers’ umbrella organisation to a new level despite serious financial challenges.

“Funding has been a perennial challenge but we cannot continue to use this as an excuse. This means we will be running with low-budget high-impact activities.

“We are looking at placing the writer in the here and now. Of prime importance is strengthening digital presence and focusing on young and upcoming writers. We are also targeting synergies with other organisations within and without our borders,” Cheru-Mpambawashe said.