Organization and structure
We have the Association of Radio Maria Malawi as the Governing Body. It was established in 1999. It consists of a maximum of 20 members who elect an Executive Board to run its affairs for a period of three years. The current Executive Board was elected into office on 15th October, 2015. It consists of the President, Vice- President, Treasurer, Secretary, the Director of Radio Maria and two other members. There is currently a proposed constitutional amendment to include a position of Legal Advisor. The Board meets once every quarter and the Association holds its Annual General Meeting once every year. The Board also established an Executive Committee (EXCOM) which consists of the President, Directors and the National Coordinator. The EXCOM meets once every week to discuss all matters relating to the operations of the radio.
The Directors are responsible for programmes which include programming, studios, transmission and volunteers.
The National Coordinator is responsible for corporate services such as promotions, fundraising, accounts, human resources, procurement and transport.
We have the main studios in Mangochi with sub-studios in Limbe, Zomba, Dedza, Mzuzu andLilongwe. The sub-studios are managed by volunteer Studio Coordinators who supervise full-time Studio Clerks, volunteers and security personnel. Plans are also underway to establish similar facilities in Mzuzu and Karonga.
Current office-bearers and senior managers
President: Mr. Nicholas Chonde;
Vice-President: Mr. Charles Malunga;
Treasurer: Mr. Cosmas Chimbiya;
Secretary: Mrs. Christina Kumwenda;
Members: Mrs. Jane Katola;
Mr Clement Ntengula
Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Kimu; and
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Malipa.
Management of Radio Maria Malawi
Director of Programmes: Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Kimu;
Assistant Director of Programmes: Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Malipa;
National Coordinator: Mr. Louis Phiri;
Mr Emmanuel Kaliati: Head of Programe
Head of Transmission: Mr. Emmanuel Namangwiyo;
Accountant: Mr. Innocesia Phiri
Head of Studios: Mr. Alinafe Kunsamala; and
Head of News: Martha Mwandira.
Head of Promotion : Richard Doctor
We have done the following in order to raise awareness of the radio, interact with our listeners and raise funds:
- Hold promotion masses and big walks in association with Friends of Radio Maria;
- Annual Choir Festivals;
- Compilations of Homilies( Tionenso Ulaliki);
- Compilation of Top Ten Annual Choir Festival Songs;
- Selling of promotional materials such as cloth and calenders;
- Publishing quarterly newsletter;and
- Updating the webpage.
In future, we would like to extend into wedding anniversary celebrations, food fairs, sports and other cultural events that promote peace, unity and family life.