The Tobacco Association of Malawi


TCC GROWER REGISTRATION FOR 2014/2015 SEASON OPENS ON 18TH AUGUST 2014.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TAMA ACQUIRES 10% OF KANENGO TOBACCO PROCESSORS LTD (KTPL) AS AT THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS THE EVENTUAL ACQUISITION OF 25% IN THE NEXT 3 TO 4 YEARS.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   THE INVESTIMENT IN KTPL WILL OPEN OPPORTUNITIES FOR VALUE ADDITION FOR THE EXCLUSIVE BENEFIT OF TAMA MEMBERS.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A SIGH OF RELIEF FOR MALAWI AS FCTC POSTPONES BURLEY TOBACCO BAN PLAN.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TAMA DELEGATES ATTENDED THE 2013 ITGA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WHICH WAS HELD AT SURABAYA IN INDONESIA.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         TOBACCO FARMERS IN MALAWI WILL THIS YEAR COMMEMORATE THE THIRD WOLRD TOBACCO GROWERS DAY WHICH FALLS ON 29TH OCTOBER EACH YEAR.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TAMA HELD ELECTIONS IN FEBRUARY 2012 IN ALL ITS COUNCIL AREAS WHERE NEW COUNCILORS WERE ELECTED AND THEREFORE WILL BEAR THEIR OFFICES FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS ENDING IN 2017.                                                                                                 

I smoke and I vote




Death has been announced of Mr. Laison J. Chitseko of Kapichira Village, T.A. Kawamba in KAsungu District who died on 16th January, 2014. At the time of his death, he was a TAMA Trustee but also served as a TAMA Councilor for several terms before 2012 when he was appointed a Trustee. He had been a tobacco farmer since 1983.


Graham Kunimba, TAMA’s Chief Executive Officer

Worked continuously for close to 11 years Graham Kunimba is the Chief Executive Officer for Tobacco Association of  Malawi (TAMA) with effect from 1 August 2012. Kunimba’s journey in the tobacco industry started in 2001 when he joined TAMA as Operations Manager, he was moved to the position of Logistics Manager in 2005, three years down the line he was promoted to the position of Head of Operations in 2008. Due to his performance, just after a year Kunimba was again promoted to the post of Head of Marketing and Business Development. It was from March 2012 to 31st July 2012, when he was made Acting Chief Executive, following the death of the then incumbent Chief Executive.

Born on 20th December 1968 Kunimba worked for several companies before joining TAMA. His job experience started when he was only 25 years old, when he joined Bain Hogg as Insurance Trainee. He also worked for Blantyre Print and Packaging, Import and Export as Management Trainee in 1995 and the first posting was Branch Manager based in Mzuzu. After three years he was promoted to the position of Regional Operations Manager based in Lilongwe. Since 2009 to date Kunimba is the member of the Board of Trustee of the Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust (MEET).

Graham Kunimba, 43, holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Certificate in Strategic Management and a Diploma in Business Studies.
Happily married to his beautiful wife Finkie, the Kunimba family is blessed with three children, a handsome boy and two beautiful girls. An avid football fan Kunimba supports Big Bullets on the local scene and Liverpool of the British Premier League. He enjoys Rice and Beans as his favorite meal. 

He is inspired most with ‘the inner desire to achieve success as failure is not part of his life’. Kunimba overcome challenges by taking them head on, having the self-belief that no single challenge is permanent. What makes him happy is to see the family member’s in good spirit and  health.
Kunimba’s vision for TAMA is to see TAMA connected to its grassroots membership with a service provision that is differentiated and to achieve value addition for TAMA members.  

His Message to Tobacco Growers is “Let us produce a compliant crop. TAMA will always strive for the best for its membership. Be TAMA members for a brighter future that will surely come through value addition”. 

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