JB replaces Malawi Director of Information Cheke Ziba,

President Joyce Banda has sacked the Director of Information in the Ministry of Information and Civic Education, Isaac Cheke Ziba, Nyasa Times understands.

A senior official at the Directorate of Information in Lilongwe confirmed the development to Nyasa Times on Saturday saying Ziba received his “dismissal” letter this week.

“Actually it’s not that he has been fired but he is being redeployed to another ministry. I am not sure where he is being redeployed because the Office of the President and Cabinet has not stated yet,” she said.

The 36-year-old Ziba, a nurse by training, has served on the position for less than a year after being appointed by the departed President Bingu wa Mutharika in February this year.

Cheke Ziba: Waiting to be redeployed

A holder of Bachelors Degree in Nursing and a Masters in Social Development and Health, Ziba was not available for his reaction as his mobile phone was not available.

Before being appointed director, Ziba was a lecturer at Catholic University in Malawi in Chiradzulu but late Mutharika spotted him through his hard-hitting writings on Nyasa Times and his blog.

Apparently, Ziba’s major achievement as Director of Information is the creation of a news website for the country’s official news agency, Malawi News Agency (MANA).

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicate that President Banda has replaced Ziba with veteran journalist and University of Malawi lecturer Grey Mang’anda.

Mang’anda once headed the Department of Information around 1990s as Chief Information Officer before the position changed to Director of Information.

He is currently senior lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi.

“We have also just heard it but if it;s true then he is yet to report for duties,” our source said.

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