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MPC unveils its plans, successes, challenges

Abubakar KarsanUTPC Executive Director, Mr Abubakar Karsan has reiterated that  Constitution has given his apex body, a clear mandate to play its pivotal oversight role to Press Clubs, scattered all over United Republic of Tanzania. 

Making introductory remarks in front of 65 Mwanza Press Club members who were in attendance at the Annual General meeting, held at New Mwanza Hotel recently, he contended that should UTPC issue any directives or sound warnings to individual Press Clubs members and leaders, therefore, the latter should not feel disgruntled at the way they have been constructively advised and reproved at all.

Mr Karsan, himself a member of the Club, just for the sake of maintaining peace and tranquility within Press Clubs, urged particularly the members to refrain from any fault-finding acts in their leaders, reminding them that they (members) are, in fact, leaders in waiting themselves.

Presenting a report on activities implementation for 2013, detailing both achievements registered and challenges encountered later on, the Club’ Secretary, Mr Jimmy Luhende said  his association managed to organize a fund-raising activity, fetching 8.2m/= in cash and 23.1m/= in pledges in the process.

However, he singled out members’ non-payment of subscriptions as the most overriding challenge which causes MPC quite a splitting headache.

According to the report, though the country’s second oldest Club (after Arusha’s) boasts 144 members as of 31st December, 2013, not even half of them had done the needful, much to the disappointment of the leadership.

Making a forward projection of a development plan, the report indicates that MPC intends to revive its monthly tabloid by the name of TAA, which has been out of circulation for nine years due to financial constraints.

With a monthly circulation of more than 10,000 copies, TAA has been not only an invaluable communication platform for informing the general public about the Club and income-source, but was also widely seen as a litmus test of practitioners for their professionalism and competence.


In addition, with 5.0m/= as its initial capital, the Club, he said, was contemplating buying shares in CRDB, National Micro-Finance Bank  and Tanzania Breweries Ltd.

After a lengthy discussion, the General Assembly passed a resolution which required the Club’s Executive Committee to engage consultant(s) with whom they can work in implementing all the issues agreed upon.  

The issues that were agreed include setting in motion a process of securing a plot for the Club office construction project, establishing a Savings & Credit Cooperative Society (SACCOS.), buying shares in CRDB, NMB and TBL and restoring TAA to its past glory, among others.

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