Humiliating MBC TV mistakes collection. 5 Hilarious pictures! – Pabwalo

MBC has very few programs that actually warrant your time, but most of us still watch it because they somehow randomly give us the greatest show of broadcasting mistakes on earth, so it’s fun. I’ve decided to be collecting these mistakes and every time I have 5 of them I’ll be adding to this collection. Maybe someone over there will look at this and start paying closer attention to what they serve the public, because we don’t want another season of their 24 hour horror show of mistakes. Here are the 5 most recent humiliating ones;

Annual celebration of the 50th annual celebration50

Toyota Malawi was having it’s 50th anniversary celebration and the president was the guest of honour so MBC beamed the event live. The text on TV however shows that MBC think Toyota Malawi will be celebrating its 50 years of existence every year from now. So next year perhaps Toyota will be celebrating 50 years of existence in its 51st year, LOL. Beaming such a corporate VIP event live on TV requires a competent production team, and this is the best that MBC could come up with. This seems like an honest mistake, but come on, this is National Television!

Imaging being massaged by a cop

policiI love massages, they’re just so relaxing, Once in a while I sneak into the Chinese massage palour next to Alexander’s pub to relax my muscles, but I’ve never imagined a Malawian gun-waving cop as someone who can give any kind of massage.

They say a good message massages the brain, I guess that’s what MBC meant in this credit. The police paid for a 15 minute program to give the entire nation a mental massage, not a message. Bravo Malawi Police! Good work!. P.S. notice the spelling of partnership, LOL.

It must hurt to be a councilor

cityI always wondered why all councillors can’t wait to run for Mayor once voted into power, thanks to MBC I now get it; Nobody knows what the hell a councillor does! In fact, nobody is even sure how to spell the word councillor. So what do you do when you work at MBC and you’re not sure how to spell? You just use all the possible options and leave it to the viewers to choose what suits them! In instance, 3 different spellings for the word councillor are seen in one sentence; Councillor, Counsellor and Councellor, you pick what you like, musova.

Malawi the Frames

Malawi’s direct English translation is flames; every Malawian with at least half a brain cell knows that!

frameBut wait, MBC seems to think our country was named after a door frame, or perhaps a window frame, or is it a picture frame? I think we should ask MBC to teach history in primary school. They must have a very interesting version of the story of our country’s name. Is it Flames or Frames? This mistake was seen during the pre-match commentary of a Malawi vs Ghana football game. What is more humiliating is that they never corrected it for the entire 90 minutes, the word Frames was on the scores and timer panel on the top right corner of every Malawian television for an entire hour and 30 minutes and nobody at MBC noticed. Good lord!

Minister Landa, of Housing & Urination.

Our president really took his time to trim the cabinet size and appoint only credible cabinet ministers. He spent so many days after his appointment last year trying to figure out which ministries and which people were fit and relevant to be maintained, so my assumption is that this strange ministry as labeled by MBC must be really important.

landI’m still trying to figure out what exactly this ministry does,I should get in touch with Honourable Bright Msaka. What in the hell does “Minister Landa, of Housing” mean??? With the “UR” partly visible at the end of the picture, I’m sure that MBC meant to say “Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development”, but with such incompetence on public display, I wouldn’t be surprised if they wrote it as “Minister Landa, of Housing “ Urination”.

  • But even Al Jazeera can make a mistake@ Muluzi minister of Mali?

    But even Al Jazeera can make a mistake@ Muluzi minister of Mali?

    Do you have any hilarious MBC mistakes you think people would laugh at? Upload them and they’ll make the next issue. Sorry MBC, no beef but you are way too funny at times.—Source: Pabwalo

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80 thoughts on “Humiliating MBC TV mistakes collection. 5 Hilarious pictures! – Pabwalo”

  1. Njolinjo says:

    @ Truth! If English is not our language then why not write in our vernacular?

  2. Chiba says:

    I find it hard that someone can be defending MBC for the embarrassing bloopers on the national TV. Mediocrity defends mediocrity. No wonder writer becomes writter in their world. Thank you, custodian of the Truth!

  3. johnM says:

    Truth @ NO. 72, who i guess is an employee of MBC, should just accept constructive criticism when it comes his way. MBC as a public broadcaster should set an example to other media houses that are coming up and set the standards as to what is expected of them.

  4. Truth says:

    It seems the writter wants to pick beef with MBC. for starters English is not our language and as long you were able to know what they wanted that is enough that is the beauty about communication. even signs are able to speak. if you have a finger point in a direction then you know that is the way to go.

    1. Smh says:

      To say that Malawi is not our language and mistakes are allowed as long as we understand is pure ignorance I’m sorry to say. With that spirit we will never learn. We will never grow and we will never develop. To accept a mediocre life is simply sad. Please try to understand and accept constructive criticism and learn to strive to do better abale.

  5. Guley says:

    Ku Times TV bolani koma vuto kulibe creativity. Aliyense amaganiza zobweretsa interview program. Brian Banda ali ndi atatu Thumba la Tambe, Tikudziweni ndi Times exclusive. Pano anthu amuthera wayamba recycling. Abambo onenepa aja a Kachitosi ali ndi yao, Bayana Chunga naye ali ndi yake, Even program yabwino ngati gospel Kathithi mulindo interview yomwe munthu amafunsidwa mafunso ngati omwe Brian Banda amafunsa. Urban trend nayo interview, Times news exclusive one hr interview with two people talking boring staff. Even program yokamba za mkomya interview iiii Be creative please. TV siyinakhazikike muzitha kubwerekera ma program kwina mpaka mupeze choyikapo cha interesting. Kale TVM inkayamba 6pm masana kumakhala TV Africa. Timanjoya kuonela Ma soap, cartoons, wildlife programs osati one interview after the other.

  6. mmmm says:

    Generally,sourtheners and centrallers are terrible in english language,both written,spoken and everything,if you meet a sourthener or a centraller who is good in english,then they were in high shool.Some,very intelligent, but the way they speak english lives alot to be desired,i am yet to know why,pronunciation is even worse,for instance,most of them dont know the difference between a “helth centre” and “helthy centre”,that of “of” and “off”,too much chewalization of english words,that alone wae not a big deal,but even their grammar is horrible,but graduates,you wonder how they managed to be successful in interviews et al,this just shows how rampat nepotism is in malawi,or is it Quota system? Please change.

    1. mmmm says:

      Meant to say difference between “health centre” and “healthy centre”.

  7. Funzo says:

    Even UK television isn’t error free. So what if there are a few errors!

  8. muzu says:

    This is pointing to some serious problems at MBC. The problem to do with employing people NOT on merit but based on political affiliation, tribe or bedroom interviews. The political inclination of MBC does not help matter at all. But seriously can’t we take it from the independence and professionalism of SABC? At SABC they are really meant to educate, inform and entertain. Whereas in out case MBC is for DPP and not for the nation. Well, it is only like this in the poorest nation on earth. Anyway, I shouldn’t talk much after all I have many other alternatives to watch and get what I need from a TV station.

  9. zixo says:

    A ezekiel osangolemba chichewa bwanji. Kulakwitsa sipeling’i ndikwina koma mpaka galamala yonse. We Will really collect you instead of correcting MBC. KLKKKK

  10. Blessings says:

    Anyway this comments are coming from men of letters so what are you looking for, or whom are you teaching coz every nation knows about the name properly, or is petty of washing teeth?

  11. charlie hebdo says:

    Ho..ho..ho. In Malawi, english is a punishment. We substitute ‘l’ for wherever there is’r’ like ELECTION we say ERECTION,or BREAD we say BLED. We dont pronounce ‘l’ if it exists in a word like in ‘heaLthy’ we say ‘hethe’ (sic).MBC, Radio Islam, Joy FM, and almost all radios except Capital FM succumb to these mistakes. Ministry of Healthy?!*# oh my God, my head aches. Grammar breakdown here. The whole pronounciation problem was caused by the British colonialists. They brought in from Kenya teachers and syllubi in the 1940’s instead if bringing in teachers from Rhodesia or RSA. Thats why Kenyan english is similar to Malawi’s. East African, Malawian English is bad.

  12. johnM says:

    At MBC, it is not just spelling mistakes, words are not pronounced properly either. You hear someone say “load” instead of road, “barn” instead of “burn”, I can go on an on. How these people are recruited, only God knows


    My comment is on frames instead of flames. It is ashame that alot of us Malawians have a problem in defferanciating between the laters L. and R. Idont know where this came from . Lets learn to pronounce and write words which are gramaticaly correct.I have heard peoplle pronouncing words like – collect when actualy they mean to say correct. Its also there at MBCTV. listen how some of the presenters pronouce their “Ls” and “Rs “.Now that MBC TV is on DSTV they need to seriosly improve on how they pronouce their words,general presentation of their programes needs alot of improvement. Aziona zaanzao pa DSTV ngati Namibia ndi ena

  14. Godfrey C says:

    Let me begin by thanking nyasa times for this presentation. Too many times I have been wondering on whether our MBC news readers are in most cases forced to make English presentations when they do not know the right pronounciations. We have some who cannot show the difference between r and l. Is it deliberate move to make it more interesting? Urgent help needed.

  15. Wizeman Paul says:


  16. truevoter says:

    kikikikiki. tiyesenao kachizunguko

  17. English Guru says:

    I liked the article and totally agree with first three lines of your article– a very good summary of why most of us watch this joke of a television network. Hilarious!

  18. Tili Chenene says:

    Thank you so much for such a posting. But also the way they present most programmes leaves out much to be desired.

    Post more Nyasa Times

  19. Mfwethu says:

    Remember they went for training in CHINA!! Have you see the way translations go on instructions manuals of most Chinese products? I rest my comment.

  20. mboba says:

    MBC is a shame in spellings.sumbuleta ask the fellow of mzuzu studio dalitso chimwala who only covers news for raiply only.he is corrupted this there no dwangwa sugar or mzuzu uni or the north raiply only we are fed up

  21. here we go again says:

    refresher course is required computers do what you ask them to do. Mbuli ndi editor it is his/her duty to correct those mistakes zikubwera mochedwa, computers do have auto corrector and spell checks use them please or i will come takeover that position at MBC

  22. Bwampini wa Muthanyura says:

    “Imaging” or IMAGINE being massaged by a cop…? Awaa a a a

  23. Nkhoma wa a Mlauzi says:

    Katakwe, let me thank you for the kind gesture shown in trying to bring quality production and presentation at our National TV Station. However, I wish to advise you to sweep clean your own house first. How can you see a speck in your friend’s eye while having a log in your own eye. Please train your friends to use the correct grammar (English) when reporting and articulating various issues before humiliating other media houses.

  24. inayake says:

    We all make mistakes. Even Nyasatimes on numerous occasions has done the same. But truth be told, MBC Tv bites the biscuit. Issues of the voice fluctuations, at times even incoherent and no apology given. There is a programme sponsored by FMB. Their logo is displayed on the bottom left, where it covers the credentials of the persons being interview for the entire programme. Just because we are Malawians does NOT mean that we do not deserve quality programmes.

  25. Masoapatali adaongola Mtengo. says:

    English grammar is terrible at MBC. Prepositions are still a nightmare. During news bulletin I hear “can be able” instead of can or is able; “emphasize on” instead of emphasis on. We say” emphasize a point or emphasis on a point. I am ready to offer free proof reading service to MBC for English grammar. Call 0999365245

  26. Unite with me says:

    Even standard 5 child can’t make that stupid mistake that Land should be Landsa and Urban should be Urination.

  27. John says:

    I have been seeing such mistakes and thanks for bringing them here. I will share mine whenever I come across them. They are so annoying!

  28. Senior Chief Timbiri says:

    KkkkkkkK mpaka Minister Landa of housing and Urination kkkkkk I can’t stop laugh.

  29. ACB & Civil Societies come to MBC says:

    MBC is on auto pilot while Albert & Gloria are busy in the bedroom and Aubrey Sumbuleta busy undressing each and every female employee after working hours. Aubrey Sumbuleta summons female employees( married , single, divorced or widowed) to his office after working hours so as to force sex on them in return for promotions and favors. One time he was found in the act by Albert some guards and employees witnessed. that is why Albert can do anything. Sumbuleta is held hostage because he was caught pants down. On Pahuwa…. it is a deal gone sour. They have been stealing MBC moniey in the name of dressing for the MBC presenters. ACB come to MBC

  30. jones says:

    You may be quick to point at somebody’s mistakes. Have you looked at your own life, how many mistakes have done.

  31. Khurukucha Wa Ku Zoa says:

    Lets be fair. its not only at MBC that these common mistakes appear. they are almost every where in our media houses that sometimes i tend to wonder…. where are the proof readers. This should be food for thought for the media industry. Look at the many misspellings appearing in online publications. Should we compile all these mistakes too. Your guess is as good as mine of the calibre of professionals we are keeping in these offices.

    1. Tsiku la Mowa says:

      I agree with those who say mistakes are common in the Malawi media (and elsewhere). Today’s main story in the Daily Times refers to APM’s ‘direct cousin’. Although this term is widely used in Malawi, the correct term is actually ‘first cousin’ i.e. children of siblings. Children of first cousins are called ‘second cousins’.

      I thank Katakwe for introducing this series. It will help Malawians to start double checking meanings, spellings, and numbers. Those who are arguing that we all make mistakes are missing the point. Yes, we all make mistakes but should we continue making them? In this competitive world is it wise to take a complacent attitude towards mistakes?

      In the workplace it is no secret that people who make fewer mistakes have a higher chance of being promoted than those who make numerous mistakes…

  32. ujeni says:

    These are not mistakes but someone seriously writing English in Chichewa.

  33. Blantyre.....Thondwe........Zomba says:

    Nanga pamenepa ana athu nkumaphunzirapo chani? Is it really educative? aphunzitsi a pa Malawi, mbola, public media, mbolanso….

  34. Winford kayange says:

    U can easly see the object at u’r friend than yoursel.f

  35. Lee says:

    hahaha u see u dd a good job thank you…but u made the same mistake instead of IMAGINE you said “imaging being massaged by a cop” LOL mistake on top of another mistake what type of English is that…..Malawi watha basi eeeish!

  36. zoshola says:

    mamistake ndiye ngosayamba sinanga amalowa ntchuto kaamba kandale not school. pasachedwa mtolankhani wa sports amafunsa coach wa bullets amvekere most people knows u kkkkk

  37. ayaya says:

    The issue here is the Secretary or copy typists who cannot make spell check after typing.

    1. ayaya says:

      It should be doing a spell check

  38. Che Mpofu waku Malosa says:

    Good observations. MBCTV needs to have competent editors indeed, if not english teachers to help. But the author should also appreciate typing mistakes just like what happened with him. I don’t think he wanted to write “Imaging being massaged by a cop” . I guess he wanted to write “imagin……..” Not imaging. So we all have our own mistakes. But MBCTV should listen

  39. D MALAKAMU says:

    I Give A Distinction To The One Who Has Written This. MBC TV Yaonjeza Kwambiri. They Do Things As If They Don’t Know What They Are Doing. I’ve Been Calling Then To Correct Those Mistakes On The Screen But They Don’t Change. May Be This Time They Will Change.

  40. Zale P says:

    The problem is that we hav jack of all trades @ Mbctv.

    Austin Kachipeya

    Executive Producer
    Austin Kachipeya

    Sound engineer
    Austin Kachipeya

    Kachipeya Austin

    Very Very Executive producer
    Timpuza Mwansambo

    mbc production 2015

  41. these hoes aint loyal says:

    the whole organisation is a mistake. they pick each other off the street and just say “tiye ukayambe ntchito” so what do you expect?

    i remember a few years ago a frustrated consultant at mra once said, ” i can train some monkeys to do a better job than you people!” garbage in, garbage out…

  42. edwin says:

    At least MBC tv is viewed by us the poor Malawians for free. But to my suprise i’ve been seeing these similar mistakes happening with Nyasatimes too. Regardless it being for global view. What about that? Anyani kusekana zikundu.

  43. James says:

    Amangokhala Serious Popelekeza Atsogoleri Andale Kunja Akhwiri Amenewo…So Pathetic

  44. thoko says:

    This message applies to u all media outlets as well

  45. kawanga says:

    MBC-TV management please take this issue seriously. The problem is that we are using too much of this facebook, Wats up language

  46. Ezekiel says:

    Is it MBS or MBC collect me here but for sure that’s true it is really happening and in my observation most we Malawians we put money first than a job we assigned to which is very big mistake and that is why this country will not develop if not take it seriously. Timakonda ndalama kusiya ntchito yathu yotukula kaya company yathuyo or ntchito yathu yimene tapasidwayo ndipo sitizatukuka mpang’ono pomwe, we love money too much and we put money first gwirani ntchito ma results ake ndiwomwe wo kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. And this is not educating people as you used to say yourself over my dead body.

    1. Think Tank says:

      Ok Ezekiel,where do we collect you and where are we going?(first line) instead of collecting you,i will CORRECT the spelling

  47. dalitso tigone says:

    Ikhululukileni mbc. sometimes you feel the guys are beyond redemption. Do they watch how other reputable stations do it or they feel afikapono & nobody else matters. How about when they invite you to watch a particular program “Every Sundays”!! My foot!! It is either “Every Sunday” or “On Sundays”.

  48. Nkhombokombo says:

    Zalowa chibwana zedi! Anthuwa sitikudziwa ngati anakhodza sukulu zao. Mamisiteki azinkalapo mwa nthawi ndinso mwangozi. Nthawi zina kuthamangira kufika sibwino. Manyazi kwa oyang’anirawo!

  49. Chrihil says:

    Iiiiiiiiiiiii! Wandidzutsa Katakwe. Tsopano ndizikhala ntcheru nane ndigwireko anga ma mistake amenewa!

  50. Munthuwamba says:

    This is what happens at MBC when people are put on important positions based on other factors and not merit.

  51. zoona says:

    and yet they have editors….shame

  52. paramount mkhumba says:

    on his return from australia at the HiV/AIDS conference Geofrey Kapusa called Bill Clinton the 43rd president of USA. this clip was repeated several days nobody noticed at mbc . shame indeed

  53. nyamusideni says:

    koma yeah!!!great article. zamanyazi ndithu. ye ye my lungs. have laughed….kkkkkkkkkkkk.

  54. mthako wa alhomwe says:

    You have forgotten “bisiness” and “partener”…

  55. Patriot says:

    Alomwe ali ku mbc ko anapitako kusukulu kuti adziwe kuti chingerezi amalemba bwanji? kkkkkkk
    Anyway ife timaonera Times Tv. TV ya Mutharikayo tiribe nayo ntchito. Azipsnga ma blunder choncho, pajanso muli pa satellite kikikikiki dziko lonse laoansi likukuonerani kikikiki

  56. Avicenna says:

    Ku Mbc kuli mabulutu just like those who appointed them

  57. Jahpipo says:

    pwete landipola!! so the whole of MBC kumangolakwisa mwa confidence chonchi!?? But this shows another thing too: those at MBC tv are some years late in technology- believe me!
    big up Katakwe!

  58. Banda says:

    MBC makes me sick. Isn’t it a reflection of our education system?

  59. Mphepo Zinai says:

    Its not only MBC. Take a hard look at our newspspers, too many spelling and grammar mistakes.This reflects poorly on the professionalism of our journalists.
    Then we have spelling mistakes on our sign posts! It reflects how as Malawians, we do not appreciate quality and correctness

  60. wanda says:

    You deserve a pat on the back. But for me, I never saw those mistakes! Why? I don’t watch mbc tv. Kkkkkkkk

  61. Wezi Ngalamira says:

    MBC TV needs Bright Malopa back.

  62. Chemtukanika says:

    MBC is using the language which others use on fb,whatsup,tweeter,nyasa etc where spellings,grammar and pronounciation matters less.We all know that most of those who work there are those who passed their exams through multiple choice.I beg.MBC should teach its workers good English as well as Chichewa.

  63. enuf said says:


    Hop an Asian Is not to blame!

  64. These are not mistakes but it tell us the kind of people MBC-Tv has educationwise. These dunderheads should be removed from the station.

  65. freedom says:

    MBC no longer entertainment
    the price of mixing broadcast and politics in positions.let mbc be free from politics.

  66. zingati zanu says:

    Look at how even yoou ‘katakwe’ wa ma katakwe has mis-spelt Imagine. Zako ndi how muh kodi. This fucken english is foreign and the owners can hardly say mwadzuka bwanji and aljazeera can write Atupele Muluzi of Mali.

  67. zoona... says:

    Vito lopanga recruit ma Ana a Ku MIJ a certificate,,..vocabulary Yao very shallow…..funny indeed,,wat r u doing…

  68. bratusha says:

    These are the signs of low standard education system coupled with nepotism. Very pathetic!

  69. This is great. This should trickle even to other news papers we read. We donot want unnecessary mistakes anymore.

  70. Dandaulo says:

    This is great service Nyasatimes and the author if at all these mistakes happened.
    MBC do your part.

  71. Israel Difense Force says:

    This article is a wake-up call to those who are sleeping on their jobs at MBS Tv!!!!!!!!

  72. chefourpence says:

    kkkkkkkkkk koma iwe Katakweee!

  73. Kwao Gule says:

    MBS is run on tax payers money, Malawians pay for it to run therefore for workers to make mistake , the public need to get angry not these private medi such as Nyasa Times or Nation newspaper; they are private if they make mistake we either choose not to read or pay service , we wont lose anything

  74. Madenzelo says:

    Nyasatimes its good to bring these satire from Pabwalo and its professional to accredit the source of the author and originator as you have done

  75. George Lihoma. says:

    I for one,did see these kind of stupid mistakes too numerous times to mention from the MBC-Tv. Well done Katakwe,this article is a wake up call for seriousness before presentation.

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