Daily Times sensationalised on ‘Mutharika lied’ headline, says Economists Assoc of Malawi

Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) has accused Daily Times newspaper of sensationalising their headline when it reported that “Mutharika lied on economy” citing the association’s president Henry Kachaje.

Kachanje:  My resentation was done in the spirit of guiding a discussion to assess the economic progress

Kachanje: My resentation was done in the spirit of guiding a discussion to assess the economic progress

In a statement made available to Nyasa Times on Sunday, June 21, 2015 the association said the headline of the newspaper did not reflect the contents of the actual article, let alone the contents of the presentation made by the ECAMA president, Kachaje calling it “strange and unprofessional.”

Kachaje was quoted as saying Mutharika’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has also not lived up to its set goals within the year.

But in the statement signed by Kachaje, his deputy Dr Fanuel Bokosi and secretary general Davie Lockie, Ecama explains that its president’s presentation never stated nor implied that the DPP had failed to live up to its goals within the year “as it is common knowledge that the party nor the government had committed to fulfil all its manifesto aspirations within a year. “

Ecama explained that the presentation, which was made as a “thought-provoking address” was done in the spirit of guiding a discussion to assess the economic progress and future aspirations of the nation.

“ECAMA wishes to inform the editorial team of the Daily Times and the public at large that the thrust of the presentation was to reflect on the past and draw lessons for the future implementation of our economic aspirations. At no point in the presentation did the presenter disagree with the economic facts that the Head of State presented in his address to the nation,” reads the statement.

The body said Kachaje’s presentation ended with a challenge and a call to all Malawians to “unite like ants in self-dependency to search for our solutions within ourselves rather than over-depending on aid.”

Ecama further clarified that the spirit of the presentation agrees with government’s policy of focusing on creating a conducive environment to attract both local and foreign direct investment as led by President Mutharika.

The economists accused the Daily Times newspaper of being “unprofessional” for labelling Kachaje’s presentation and “misinform the public” that ECAMA said the President lied.

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35 thoughts on “Daily Times sensationalised on ‘Mutharika lied’ headline, says Economists Assoc of Malawi”

  1. kamphulusa says:

    lets face facts here as a country are we really making progress when people are getting less than ten thousand kwacha per month and university graduates can only manage to get jobs as prison guards, no medicines in hospitals etc, etc where corruption is institutionalized wher people with bad record are given high positions just because they are connected to those in power. WHAT A MESS

  2. Majid Aboobakar says:

    IFE AZABA PANGONO…AZATUMIZA DOLLAR KU INDIA INU AZAMANGA UMBA WA MAUZU PA TYOLO BOMA ….FUSANITU IFE ANALI PA TYOLO NDI SITOLU WATHU WANKULU ANLIPO AMERIKAN STORES…LERO UYU ALIPO “HARD TO DEFEAT” FUSANI ZANGA UYO POPAT AZAUZA INU ZA IFE. PA LONDON ALIPONSO AZATHU AZUNGU..AZATETEZA IFE…BOLO WANU!

  3. Majid Aboobakar says:

    MUNTHU WONSE WA MALAWI ALIPO OPUSA. PASANITU ZIKOYI MWENE. AZAONA ZINTHU AZAENDA BINO-BINOTU!

  4. sunderstar says:

    Daily Times is a paper and frontline of fighting this Government. Please if they continue to be arrogant and continue to praise MCP then all Government and Statutory bodies must stop giving adverts to Daily Times and Times TV and lets see if they will survive.

    1. Inhumane Rights Activist says:

      Bingu flopped with such a strategy with the NPL newspapers. You must know that that even weilds in more sympathy from the private sector such as Press Corp and Airtel. It even attracted more readership then because audiences, local and international, wanted to read from a newspaper which Bingu and ruling government hada distaste of. Try it with the Times and see what it will result it. Remember who first published about Fergus-Cochrane Dyet? What happened therefater? The news media cannot be muzzled, it is another political institution. It is the fourth estate of the government.

    2. Kenkkk says:

      Sunderstar, just remember Govt or civil service or statutory bodies are not dpp owned but owned by the people of malawi.

  5. Kenkkk says:

    What about the bootlicking crap that Malawi voice writes? It makes daily times sensationalisation look like chicken feed. Do we threaten them? NO. So why threaten ecama you newly reformed dpp thugs?

  6. Kondwani Bowazi says:

    Hey Mr Nyasatimes Editor, u need to get up your ass and start vetting these weak news. Its getting ridiculous. Pay these young hungry journalists to get out and get news for u. U hear me?

  7. Lets be honest here. How is our economy and are we progressing? As for me, things are upside down.

  8. Alarm says:

    That’s daily times. It can not report anything good about Muthalika. Anthu atsankho awa achewa, nonsense. Atumbuka bola amatha kuytamika zinthu zikamayenda. Shameless Management

  9. chefourpence says:

    i suffer to see people calling Daily Times a ‘proffessional’ media house when its clear they have MCP behind them. What do you expect from such an outfit? Lies, misinformation, propaganda, hatespeech etc.

  10. A M says:

    Kusisita mbava pa chinena

    Kusisita mbava pa chinena

    Ambiri pa malawi tikulephera kunena chilungamo powopa ati mchere

    Chilungamo ukuchiwona kuti icho tasiyana ndi mnzungu akati yes ndi yes
    no ndi no

  11. chingolopiyo says:

    My question is, if Malawi has brilliant people who can forecast the growth of economy, or change it to the right direction, why are we still poor? Why are companies are not developing? Which economics did you study?

  12. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    What do you expect from Kamuzu’s media? They thrive on misleading and stirring up anti-DPP sentiments, and sensationalizing anything that will take away the spotlight from MCP’s past brutal, murderous and plain atrocious human rights record.
    The media are in privileged positions in society, and should try to report the truth. Human mistakes are acceptable. But this, NO!

  13. Patriot says:

    A Ecama alandira ma K50,000.

  14. thinktankmalawi says:

    Kachaje is Mcp…..no surprise there

  15. msumba-Bolero says:

    a malawi,muzakhalabe choncho,takuyamikirani kuti mwayakhula molikonda dziko kuti a ndale akoze malawi

  16. Dollo doro bushi says:

    Kodi mukuopa chiani?Kodi Dpp sinakanike pa nkhani ya chuma?

  17. Namiasi says:

    Kachaje being reduced to a nobody because of his business interest.but the truth of it iz wat the daily times reported.PERIOD.

    1. Inhumane Rights Activist says:

      I agree 101 per cent

  18. Kenkkk says:

    Ecama, just come out clearly and without fear that dpp thugs have threatened you, hence the now alleged retraction. Kachanje was spot on about dpp economic lies.

  19. Inhumane Rights Activist says:

    A Kachaje, a Kachaje. Izo mudanena ni zoona zenzene ka. Tsono mulufunu usintha lero poti onyaata a Young Democrats okukokerani lamnya loopseza kuti okupandani? Ife tangupenya kuti nkhasako mwina o Kachaje odya nawo yellow banzi ka.

  20. Balamanthu says:

    That the DPP government has engaged in propaganda on what it has achieved in the past one year rather than reality is fact.Because it has not performed to peoples expectations, it has to do this to remain legitimate.Fellow Malawians, lets just be honest and call a spade a spade rather than call the same a spoon.Otherwise, APM thinks he has done it when he is not performing well and Malawi is not making progress.If Kachaje, a man I have alot of respect for as a person and a professional said that the DPP has failed, he was just being just honest.Lets tell the truth for the politicians to know that there is a limit they can continue to dupe us as a people.As for the Times report, izo ndiye zinanso.

  21. Christian life says:

    If daily times did that to test Peter’s emotions the it is very unfortunate, misguided and not depicting the goals of the paper. On the other hand if kachaje is changing statements due to presure other than facts then we should not expect Malawi to progress in anything.

  22. BigMan says:

    There are no journalists in Malawi, just a bunch of half cooked wankers opining over nothing! Tabloid rubbish!

  23. VYOTO says:

    INU A ECAMA KUPEPELA BWANJI? INUYO NDE MULI UNPROFESSIONAL? MUMAFUNA REPORTER AMATULE ZOMWE MUNAPANGA PRESENT OSAPANGA ANALYSE.YOU CANT STAND ON YOUR FEET, REALLY? TIMAPANGE UNITE KUPEMBEZA BOMA PAMENE ZINTHU SIZIKUYENDA BWINO, TO HELL WITH YOUR LOMWELIZED THINKING

  24. makito says:

    Damage control. Sensationalisation is what newspapers do everywhere. Inuyo tikudziwa kuti akupanani a boma. But you should have thought about that before you made the presentation. Daily times quoted what you said, and yes you did not say the President lied, but you disagreed with their figures as unlikely. Or did the daily times lie about that too?

  25. warhead says:

    Kachaje ulape ngati mwana wa mmbusa. Usawope kuluza ma contract a boma

  26. IBAM says:

    Guys Times has to sell the daily paper with such head lines. To attract ogula guys. Kachaje wayamba kunenepa wadya banzi.

  27. learnedmi says:

    THERE IS SIMILARITY IN WHAT DAILY TIMES WROTE,WHAT WAS DISCUSSED AT FAREWELL TO SUNBIRD BOARD MEMBERS. THERE’S ONE CONSTANT IN BOTH.

  28. Tsotso says:

    Akupatsani zingati?

  29. Philosopher says:

    But is it a lie that it is impossible for Malawi`s economy to grow? is it a lie that peter led administration has not lived to it`s goals? Ecama yangoophyezedwa apa otherwise it knows the truth!

  30. Joseph Banda says:

    Kodi adalemba Gregory GONDWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  31. Bambo Kachaje musakane munalankhula kuti boma la DPP lalephera kukwaniritsa lonjezo lake pankhani za chuma ndipo ine programuyo ndinaimverera kungoti mwina akupatsani chibanzi ndi kukuopsezani kuti mubweze maganizo.

  32. mbuzi iwe says:

    Mbuzi za ma journalists, yankhanitu izi. Vuto la sukulu za mu trade fair ndi limeneli, tawonani akuchitisani manyazi. Mukumva bwanji ku Daily Times ko.

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