1 September 2016 Last updated at: 8:40 AM
No change for Malawi Muslims
Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad has been given a second term to lead the Muslim community in the country after being re-elected as Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) Chairman.
Muhammad was elected for another five-year term after the elections which were held on Wednesday at Comesa Hall in Blantyre.
Out of a total of 121 votes, Sheikh Muhammad got 114 votes, representing 93 percent while his contender Sheikh Dr Imran Shareef got 7 votes with one vote declared null and void.
In his acceptance speech, Muhammad began by praising Almighty Allah and gave salutations to Prophet Muhammad before saying he was Allah’s choice because of his clean intentions.
“I would like again to thank Allah for choosing me to lead our organization. I am really humbled and honoured because it was another hot race. I would like to repeat what I said in 2011 to say those who have failed to make it should not engage in retrogressive moves because there is no opposition in Islam. I promise that I will work with everyone including other Islamic organizations.
“We are elected by people so that we serve them and it is God Who entrusts us with this noble responsibility. To me, I believe I have been chosen because God has seen my intentions of taking Islam in Malawi to prosperity and I will continue doing that,” he said.
During the elections members of the association also voted for office bearers for other positions.
The position of Vice National Chairman is now occupied by Sheikh Yusuf Chibwana who went unopposed.
Honourable Iliyasa Abdul-Karim is now a new Treasurer General while Bujard Kalera maintained his position as Vice Treasure General.