An incoming 10 – member UTPC Board, voted in office during Members General Meeting (MGM), held in Morogoro On 7th November, 2015, was officially inaugurated on 23rd, November, 2015 at Mwanza’s Eden Palace Hotel.
The brief but colourful function was graced by a renowned media stakeholder, Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) Executive Director, Mr Ladislaus Mwamanga, during which he presented a UTPC Constitution and Board Charter to the Board Members, to enable them to fulfil their oversight obligations efficiently.
The newly- elected Board Members, with respective regional Press Clubs in brackets, include Mr Deogratious Nsokolo who is UTPC President (Kigoma), his Vice – President, Ms Jane Mihanji (Dar City)and Mr Habel Chidawali
Others are Ms Anna Makange (Tanga), Mr Frank Leonard (Iringa), Ms Pendo Mwakyembe (Mara), Mr Abdalah Abdulrahaman Mfaume (Zanzibar), Ms Stella Ibengwe (Shinyanga), Mr Andrew Kuchonjoma (Ruvuma) and Ms Salma Abdul (Tabora).
A social worker himself, the TASAF Executive Director challenged the Board, seven of whom are new faces, to play their part in terms of overseeing the Secretariat strictly in compliance with servant hood principle, considering that they are being regarded as powerful and exceptionally influential mass – communicators.
To his understanding, he emphasized, it is only an efficient and effective Press Clubs, which they represent, that can guarantee the country lasting peace and tranquility and, for that reason, the Board members ought to uphold high degree of professionalism in the course of fulfilling their day – to – day obligations.
Responding to Mr Abubakar Karsan, UTPC Executive Director who had earlier on pleaded with the TASAF boss for furnishing an Information and Resource Centre (belonging to the former) with equipment, Mr Mwamanga gave a pledge that he would certainly consider such a request.
However, he advised the new Board to relentlessly strive to work in closer partnerships with as a wide range of media stakeholders as possible to make UTPC stay afloat always.
A retired President, Mr Kenneth Simbaya was also in attendance, prompting Mr Mwamanga to pay glowing tribute to UTPC for smoothly ensuring a total of four leadership successions, since UTPC was inaugurated 17 years ago.
Conveying his greetings at the historic event, Mr Simbaya simply congratulated the new Board members and wished them all the best of luck, urging them to execute their duties with innovativeness.
For his part, Mr Nsokolo showered the TASAF Executive Director with praise for accepting UTPC’s invitation to come and witness the inauguration ceremony, bearing testimony to how he cooperates with other organizations, as UTPC itself strives to speak for the disadvantaged ‘voiceless’ lot.
Echoing with the President’s remarks, Ms Jane, in her capacity as Vice – President, described Mr Mwamanga as among very few truly good hearted media stakeholders and pledged that UTPC will take notice of the TASAF Executive Director’s’ piece of advice.
Soon after the inauguration ceremony, the newly elected members underwent an induction course at the UTPC premises aimed at equipping them with leadership skills in their capacity as Board Members.
|UTPC Executive Director, Mr. Abubakar Karsan (left) welcoming invited guest who made a courtesy visit to UTPC offices located along Balewa Road in Mwanza recently. The visitors constituted newly-elected UTPC Board Members and invited guests who were in attendance at the inaugural ceremony.||TASAF Executive Director, Mr. Ladislaus Mwamanga (left) cutting a ribbon to signal official inauguration of newly-elected UTPC Board Members.|
|TASAF Executive Director Mr. Ladislaus Mwamanga (Centre) handing a Board Chatter and UTPC Constitution to UTPC President, Mr. Deogratius Nsokolo during inauguration ceremony, held recently at Eden Palace Hotel, in Mwanza. Looking on (right) is UTPC Executive Director Mr. Abubakar Karsan||UTPC Board Members taking part in an induction course at UTPC Premises in Mwanza recently|