BY STAFF REPORTER
Zimbabwean academic and publisher Golden Maunganidze was on Friday elected the new chairperson of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) regional governing council (RGC).
Maunganidze, who is also the Misa Zimbabwe chairperson, will be deputised by Oesti Tsoana, the Misa Lesotho chairperson, while Salome Kitomary, the Misa Tanzania chairperson was elected treasurer.
Maunganidze takes over from Helen Mwale, the former Misa Zambia chairperson.
In his acceptance speech, he called on the organisation to engage in a business unusual approach towards the attainment of its strategic objectives.
“This is a golden opportunity for Misa to define and craft blue ocean strategies that consolidate its leadership position and expertise on issues pertaining to free expression, access to information and media freedom… we have an opportunity to sustain the reconstruction of a competitive institution that stands tall among others in shaping the course of expression, access to information and media freedom in the Sadc region, continentally and globally,” Maunganidze said.
All the eight Misa chapters participated in the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the Regional Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Forum on the same day in Harare.
Meanwhile, the RGC also unanimously resolved that the Misa regional secretariat moves to Zimbabwe in line with the strategic objectives of the organisation.
Misa Zimbabwe took over the role from Misa Zambia, the chapter which was performing the role since 2018.
“A very huge task has been placed on our shoulders as Misa Zimbabwe on behalf of the regional network.
“As Misa Zimbabwe we salute the sterling work done by our sister chapter in Zambia and accept the task to take the work forward with humility,” Misa Zimbabwe national director, Tabani Moyo said.
“All the chapters have a renewed sense of ownership, belief and commitment to the network, whose footprints on campaigns on expression, access to information and media freedom remain indelible in the region.
“But above all, this is an expression of unity of purpose among chapters on the need for registering sustainable impact through the organisation’s interventions.”
The Misa regional office closed office in 2015.
Since then, the chapters have been organising themselves to better coordinate their regional lobby and advocacy efforts.