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The new Governing Board of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) was inaugurated at a colourful ceremony held at the Blue Pearl Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

The official guest, Chief Judge, Justice Shaban Ally Lila, presented working instruments to each of the seven of the nine new members of Governing Board headed by the retired Justice, Thomas Bashite Mihayo.

Justice Lila graced the occasion on behalf of the Chief Justice Mohamed Chande Othman.

Two members Tuma Abdallah, the Editor with the Daily News and prominent businessman Ali Mufuruki were not present during the ceremony and would be presented the working instruments which include the constitution of the Council at a later date.

Others in new Board who were present and presented with the working instruments, included the Vice President, veteran broadcaster and Managing Director of the Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation, Hassan Abdullah Mitawi, retired Justice Jaxon Mlay, Managing Editor of the Guardian, Wallace Maugo, prominent journalist and head of communications at the ministry of Energy and Minerals, Badra Masoud, Media Consultant Rose Haji, and academic Prof. Bernadette Killian

According to the Executive Secretary of MCT, Kajubi Mukajanga, this is the six governing since the Council was established by media practitioners and stakeholders in 1995.

The Council began to operate two years later in 1997 after registration and receiving financial injection.

Vice President Mitawi will head the Finance committee, while Justice Mlay will chair the Ethics Committee.

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Badra Masoud will be a member of the finance committee while Rose Haji who is in the Board for the second three year term will continue   as Vice Chair to the Ethics Committee and Prof Killian will be in the Ethics Committee.

Wallace Mauggo will be in both finance and Ethics committees while businessman Mufuruki will be Vice Chair to the Finance Committee.

Tuma Abdallah will be in the Ethics Committee.

The official guest also presented certificates of recognition to the outgoing members of the board who had completed their tenure.

They include the outgoing President, Justice Dr. Robert Kisanga, board members, Rafii Haji Makame, Ussu Malya, Prof. Ruth Meena,Keneth Simbaya, and three board members who will continue in the new board -Justice Thomas Mihayo, Badra Masoud and Rose Haji.

Outgoing President Justice Dr. Kisanga praised the Council for working hard to uplift professionalism in the media industry and appealed to stakeholders to give it adequate support to realize its obligations and goals.

The new board members were elected during the National General Convention of the Council held at Kimalang’ombe in Bagamoyo on June 25, 2014.

Kimalang’ombe is the new site where the Council plans to build its giant headquarters complex which will also serve for income generation to sustain its operations.

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