Malawi: Minister Usi Launches Malawi Artists Welfare Fund With K16m Opening Account

26 August 2020

Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture. Dr Micheal Usi on Wednesday launched the Malawian Artist Welfare Fund which seeks to support artists in times of need such as sickness.

The fund with an opening account of K16 million is coming at a time when there have been long standing concerns from the arts industry that government does not support and care for members of the arts sector.

Before launching the fun at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, Usi, who is also an artist, engaged the artists to discussions.

On Tuesday musician Patience Namadingo, turned himself into a living statue to help raise K3 million for fellow artist William Kachigamba who is seeking medical attention in Zambia for his cancerous lip.

And musicians also led another initiative to help raise funds for the construction of a house for veteran musician Giddes Chalamanda.

Chalamanda hogged the limelight last week when he featured on MIJ FM radion where he appealed for help from well-wishers.

"People should help me now when I am still alive," he said during the interview.

The interview followed the announcement of FDH Bank's support. The bank is currently giving Chalamanda a monthly K50 000 upkeep allowance in addition to constructing and stocking up a grocery shop for him.


Article Rating

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 100 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.