Galaxy FM boss risk arrest: Accused of stealing company transmitters

Station Manager for the privately owned, Galaxy FM Radio, Alfred Banda, risks arrest for allegedly selling the station’s transmitters, Nyasa Times understands.

Banda is being accused of selling the radio station’s three transmitters without the knowledge of the company’s management, according to sources close to the station.

Banda, sources confided to Nyasa Times, is alleged to have connived with the radio station’s engineer, Mike Kumwenda, and an MTL Technician, a Mr Sambakunsi to sell the three transmitters which were planted in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

As per our sources, two of the three transmitters have already been sold to Capital Radio 102.5 FM.

“Apparently, he got a cheque of K6million from Capital Radio’s Central Region Marketing Manager, Abel Nkhoma, as part payment for the deal,” he alleged.

This is reportedly the money he used to procure a personal Toyota Harrier.

And the source further disclosed that the third transmitter, which is planted at Mpingwe Mountain in Blantyre, is being bought by Matindi Radio Station. Both radios are headquartered in Blantyre.

As we went to press, our source said, talks were at an advanced stage to seal the deal with Matindi Radio.

The source further disclosed that upon realising that management had gotten wind of the issue, Banda had been calling close allies to the radio station owners (Mutharika family) to discuss the matter.

“However, since he already received payment for the other two transmitters, the owners have refused to grant him a platform,” said the source.

Efforts to talk to Banda proved futile as his phones were not available and when this reporter went to the station’s head office in Lilongwe, he was reportedly in Blantyre on personal issues.

 

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