MACRA pounces on Zodiak over Kamlepo interview: Misa-Malawi urges regulator to conduct itself in transparent manner

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has summoned private owened Zodiak Broadcasting Service to a disciplinary hearing which is to be held in Blantyre, following an exclusive interview which the station offered to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) vice-chairperson Kamlepo Kalua  .

Itaye: Macra summons Zodiak

Itaye: Macra summons Zodiak

Kalua, who is also Rumphi East member of Parliament (People’s Party-PP) and PP third vice-president,   was being asked to comment on his reaction following 24 hour ultimatum which the Malawi President gave him to submit names of seven serving Cabinet ministers implicated in the forensic report as disclosed by Auditor General.

The aduit report covering the period 2009 to December 2014 established that about K236 billion and not K577 billion in public funds as initially estimated could not be accounted for.

The MACRA letter which Nyasa Times has seen bears Reference Number MACRA/DG/60/fi  igned by its Director General, Godfrey Itaye, summon Zodiak  officials to a meeting to

“We write to invite you for a meeting on Wednesday 24 August, 2016 at MACRA premises in Blantyre from 10:00,” reads the letter.

“The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the interview you conducted with Honourable Kamlepo Kalua which was aired on your radio on 16 August, at 8:00 am. In the interview Kamlepo Kalua alleges that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime killed Chasowa (Robert), United Democratic Front killed Matafale (Evison) and Fanikizo Phiri and that DPP wants to shed blood again.”

Macra letter further reads: “We find the broadcast in contravention with the communications Act and your broadcasting licence as it make unsubstantiated attacks on the two parties without giving them a right of reply as required by the schedule 3 of the of the communication act (Code of conduct for broadcasting).”

The letter also fault Zodiac interview for lacking journalistic judgement by allowing Kamlepo to make sensitive remarks.

But in a separate interviews, MISA Malawi Chairperson, Thom Khanje say MACRA is ordinarily mandated to regulate both radios and Television Stations in Malawi and summoning a station in itself should be no cause for worry.

He said Misa will follow up the matter with keen interest and appealed to Macra to ensure that rules of natural justice takes course.

“What would be of concern is where some political hand is behind the whole issue pulling the shots,” said Khanje.

Khanje has since urged MACRA to conduct itself in transparent and accountable manner in order to ensure that they do not divert from their mandate.

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38 thoughts on “MACRA pounces on Zodiak over Kamlepo interview: Misa-Malawi urges regulator to conduct itself in transparent manner”

  1. Gogodasi says:

    Moses Makoko, Phwisa ndi bulutu, He donsn’t know the difference between MERA and MACRA. He or she has just exposed his or her level of ignorance and total lack of education to the public. His argument about Kamlepo is so shallow, he cannot see that Kamlepo is right to demand accountability from the Head of state when he has admitted that there is corruption in the country, effectively agreeing with Kamlepo. So what does he expect the government to do against Kamplepo, kuzolowera kupha anthu eti?. Musamale naye mwana chwee simungamuthe, Kamuzu kuli iyeko akumudziwa Kamlepo, matchonawa asakudziwika komwe anali.

  2. Katapwito says:

    Mavuto ali pa macra thooo administratively. Lero tiyambe za Zodiak? Anthu atiseka ndithu.

  3. Phwisa says:

    Even if MERA summons Zodiak, at the end of the day, what will this toothless body do. Za zii. Just wasting our time. If the whole Government is failing to deal with the fearless Kamlepo over the so many unsubstantiated allegations then what can MERA do

    1. Moses Makoko says:

      Man Phwisa, the story is about MACRA not MERA read it properly.

  4. Zoonadi Zenizeni says:

    Kunena zoona a MACRA muchite summon MBC TV on the programme aired 2 days ago yokhuza zochitika ku MCP. Programme yopanda dzina ngati imene ija cholinga chake chinali chiyani. Soon after the evil programme mukuyika mapemphero….eeeish MBC TV what is this? Shameful….This must stop…

  5. Issa says:

    Khuluva Itaye, Khuluva Pitara. Headless chickens.

  6. Nkhulandi says:

    MACRA IDIOTS! WHY NOT SUMMON MBC TV AND PHILIP BUSINES? STUPID BOOTLICKERS

  7. Phillip Business says:

    Those who are saying MBC should be summoned are useless brains. MBC is the only station that serve the interests of the nation. People come to MBC. if you have something sensible to say just come I will give you a platform on the programmes I host.

    1. We The best says:

      Jy you philip bussiness,you masa poes!! Jy khak. Platy

    2. TIZIPHUNZIRA says:

      Hey stinking bootlicker, which MBC station serves the interests of the nation? Which nation, Mozambique or Madagascar? Don’t insult us all in this nation. Between you and Nkhulandi who is senseless; you, Phillip is the one!! You are more than idiot and heartless. You don’t have the heart for the poor, Maso pa Ndalama za misonkho. You are ready to pounce on anybody who is trying to defend for the poor and his tax. Munya!

    3. Moses Makoko says:

      Change the name ‘business’ to ‘malonda’, u will sound malawian and act like malawian and understand things like a malawian. …… free advice

  8. CHECHAMBA says:

    I AM ONE OF THOSE MALAWIANS WHO HAS GREATLY APPRECIATED THE CONTRIBUTION THAT THIS MP FROM THE NORTH, KAMLEPO KALUA HAS MADE ON THE MK236 BILLION CASH GATE.

    THE RECENT BBC INTERVIEW WITH MINISTER OF FINANCE GOODALL GONDWE AND FOLLOW UP COMMENTS BY THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER THAT CORRUPTION HAS WORSENED IN MALAWI IS AS A DIRECT RESULT OF KAMLEPO KALUA OUT BURST.SO WELL DONE KAMLEPO KALUA, WISH WE HAD MORE OF THE KAMLEPO KALUAS’ TO EXPOSE THESE THIEVES IN GOVERNMENT.

    READING BETWEEN THE LINES FROM PRESIDENT MUTHALIKA AND MINISTER OF INFORMATION, KALIATI COMMENTS RELATED TO MK236 BILLION CASH GATE, ONE CAN TELL THAT THE DPP LED GOVERNMENT HAS REALLY FELT THE KAMLEPO KALUA OUTBURSTS.THE DPP LED GOVERNMENT SEEM TO HAVE A LOT TO HIDE.

    AS MALAWIANS, WE ARE BENEFITING FROM KAMLEPO KALUA ACTIONS BECAUSE AUDITOR GENERAL AND ACB OFFICES ARE NOT DOING THEIR RIGHTFUL JOB.JUST LIKE DPP , THESE TWO OFFICES SEEM TO HAVE JOINED DPP IN EITHER HIDING SOME INFORMATION OR SLOWING DOWN THE PROCESS.THE DPP LED GOVERNMENT IS NOT READY TO ALLOW THESE TWO PUBLIC OFFICES TO DO THEIR JOB IN AN INDEPENDENT AND OBJECTIVE MANNER. DPP DOES NOT WANT TO BE EXPOSED SO MALAWIANS MUST BLAME THE DPP GOVERNMENT NOT KAMLEPO.

    IT IS A FACT THAT LATE ROBERT CHASOWA WAS KILLED BY DPP THUGS AND IT IS ALSO A FACT THAT PP IS A PRODUCT OF DPP , AS A RESULT, PP COULD NOT MAKE PROGRESS ON CHASOWA CASE. AS FOR THE MK236 BILLION CASH GATE, IT IS ALSO A FACT THAT BOTH DPP AND PP ARE INVOLVED ONLY THAT KAMLEPO DESPITE BEING PP MEMBER MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN INVOLVED.

    1. Mwana wapa Jiya says:

      well argued

  9. [email protected] says:

    Fools bootlickers

  10. Opals says:

    Pandering to DPP shit as usual! What I the loads of crap DPP spouts thru MBC?

  11. Kenkkk says:

    Bootlicking macra. Your actions are clearly politically motivated as it is obvious that Mbc has also committed similar actions with dpp thugs ministers. It is not macra who should be complaining about this but dpp should be the one taking any legal action against kamlepo if they think he is lying.

    Why is macra getting involved here? Zodiac just conducted an interview with kamlepo who is the one responsible for whatever he says and not zodiak.

    This is a matter between kamlepo and dpp thugs or peter.

    Macra is trying to introduce censorship by the backdoor which will kill freedom of speech and press freedom.

    Macra just beat it. Zodiak, just don’t turn up.

  12. Mwananyanian says:

    MACRA have to enforce the regulations, period.
    Claiming on the air, as Kalua has done, that such ‘n such group killed such ‘n such persons is defamation. … and worse.
    Kalua is always grand standing and always a perpetual self aggrandizer; but this time he’s gone too far. So has Zodiac. When does Zodiac live up to their legal and moral obligations as a major commercial media player? And no political party, even Kalua’s own party, can defend his actions with credibility. Like everyone else, politicians have to live within the boundaries of acceptable standards of civility. ASA.
    Like MISA says, transparency in these dealings is paramount, in a democracy. Then, if Zodiac lose their license, even temporarily, there should be no FWE FWE FWEs from the opposition reliable surrogates.

    1. peter says:

      I don’t see ZBS losing this case if this political body we generously finance (Macra) decides to suspend ZBS and then ZBS takes the case to court.
      If you read the ACT considered to have been violated, what is the duration of ‘reasonable time’?
      In the case of the killings whose cases have not been concluded, who would be required to respond? How would they respond/defend themselves other than seeing that the cases are concluded? How would ZBS force the responsible public officers to respond to the allegations when it does not have powers to force these public officials to bring the case to their logical conclusion?
      I hope that public officials at Macra have basic intelligence to know that some defence requires more than just a verbal response but rather tangible actions on the ground

  13. CHIKUTUMBWE says:

    WHY CANT MACRA ALSO TAKE TO TASK MBC WHICH USUALLY ALLOWS DPP FUNCTIONARIES TO CASTIGATE OPPOSITION LEADERS WITHOUT GIVING THEM CHANCE TO BE HEARD? IS IT BECAUSE NOW YOU ARE ON THE RECEIVING END?

    JUST CONSIDER CHARLES BURUTI MCHACHA’S SPEECH IN THYOLO JUST 2 DAYS AGO WHERE HE WAS AGITATING DPP CADETS TO DEAL WITH KAMLEPO KALUA. WHY DID MACRA NOT SUMMON MBC FOR THAT?

    CHIDZANJA, AS I SPEAK, HAS BEEN ON AIR THE WHOLE OF THIS WEEK CASTIGATING DR CHAKWERA AND YET DR CHAKWERA HIMSELF OR ANY MCP PARTY OFFICIAL HAS NEVER BEEN CONTACTED FOR THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY.

    DO YOU CALL THAT JOURANLISM??????????????????????????????????

    MBUZI ZA MANO KUNSI NONSE MUKAUZANE!

  14. Spade says:

    Summon MBC first. We always hear of scathing remarks on MBC but MACRA is no where to be seen. Regulate MBC

  15. The Patriot says:

    Please MACRA summon MBC tv also for airing partisan views of the ruling party officials including the President castigating Kamlepo!

  16. Malawian says:

    The Northern region of Malawi has the highest number of university graduates as compared to the other 2 regions of the country.

    It buffles me to see the people of Rumphi East constituency electing a primary school dropout (Kamlepo Kalua) for an MP leaving out bright educated candidates.You see now,Kalua is busy making unsubstantiated claims about Chasowa’s death and the so called 7 cashgate cabinet ministers.This MP is bringing a lot of embarrassment to the people of Rumphi East.My plea to Rumphi East electorate is:next time vote wisely.Vote for an educated candidate for an MP.

    By the way,why is it that Kalua lives away from his constituency?

    1. Mwana wapa Jiya says:

      MR NON-MALAWIAN. We, the People of Rumphi East Constituency, Popularly known as REC, are proud that the true son of Malawi who has always fought for the good of this country starting with the autocratic regime of Dr Banda comes from that area. That time, your educated people were hiding in America with their tells in between their legs and busy applying for green cards. Despite his low education as you would like to portray it, he was courageous enough to challenge the educated in 1992. By the way, how educated was Bakili Muluzi when you voted for him instead of the Educated Chakufwa Chihana. It is morons like you who make average people look great because of the degrees that they got by sheer luck. Kamulepo deserves the seat because he has unfinished business, that is, to expose all these half Malawians masquerading as ethical leaders while akusosola. Mr Malawian, I think you are very stupid. If you are wise enough, why did you vote for “The so called Professor, who is the undisputed champion of economic plunder and tribalism. What about the educated Chaponda who is infamous for giving strategic posts to his relatives who was unable to resolve a small impasse between lectures and a police chief when he was Mr of Education. Leaders are problem solvers and I do not see this in your APM. All I am saying is that education is not good enough, in leadership, education should compliment leadership qualities which are manifested through ones’ sense of passion, zeal, courage, honesty, patriotism, moral decency, ability to inspire and make those that he or she is leading believe in him or her. All these so called Educated people have fallen short of this. YOU WANT A DEBATE, EXPOSE YOUR SELF OUT OF THIS PSEUDO NAME AND FACE ME. BRING FACTS!!!!!!

      1. Kamuzu says:

        Said a another coward using psedo name too, idiot!!

    2. chisupu says:

      mmmmmmmmm will vote him again come 2019,with or without university paper,apaper is just apaper but knowledge is another thing,aproffessional person act smart why not telling the nation the truth about those who are in the report.

    3. MUNYA!! says:

      Malawian or Zambian? If indeed Malawian, Do the electoral laws in Malawi permit primary school certificate holders to stand as MPs? School me on this one plz? Who is brute between you and Kamlepo? Thank you for admitting that Northerners are more educated than your religion. Honestly, you are the first to admit. This shows that you are one of the brutes. That’s why Kamlepo puts pressure on your president and ministers big time. They waste tax payers money anyhow going anywhere trying to defend anything Kamlepo has exposed. Do you remember what happened to revelations of the tractors and the purchase of the expensive cars? Sumunati, ameneu ndi mmbwenumbwenu, muzelezeka naye? Heart attack yimene yikupha anthuwa siilipatali. (DPP – Death People’s Party). Munya!

  17. Nganga says:

    Did not Summon MBC over Chidzanja over K650 million Dr Laz House?

  18. chilungamo chimawawa says:

    this is the work of Dictator! Mbendera really sold this country to the dogs

  19. miscer says:

    Akutumani abwana .kkkkkkkk….zodiak yisiyeni ife kuno kuntaja timakhulupilira zodiak basi basopo kuti muyilande licence..yimeneyo ndiye nkhondo.

  20. Atate says:

    This an interesting case staged by MACRA. I cant wait to see a letter of this nature addressed to MBC and Galaxy. I know at a point in time galaxy announced that Khumbo Kachali was involved in PP cashgate. I don’t remember MACRA pulling the trigger.

    I remember Patricia KaliatI allegations on Joyce Banda and Ayuba meetings to disturb UNIMA and I don’t recall MACRA doing anything…..

    How about the interview granted by DPP team which alleged that MCP youths set KabwIla vehicle on fire.

    1. Mwana wapa Jiya says:

      I also remember Bakili saying Gwanda killed Solobala and that Tembo killed the Mwanza four. game on!!!!!!

  21. BIGGIE says:

    Paja mukumakapha wanthu ku tima meeting totereti. just following

  22. Trendex says:

    TO YOU MACRA BOSS. WHAT ACTIONS HAVE YOU TAKEN OF THE NUMBERS THAT HON KALUA SAID RECEIVED THE DEATH THREATS FROM? THESE NUMBERS ARE ON EVERYWHERE. IS IT BECAUSE THEY ARE DPP GURUS? MACRA MUST BE VERY STUPID PEOPLE.

  23. Trendex says:

    I KNOW THE SUMMON IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED. HOWEVER, THE MACRA PEOPLE SHOULD ALSO CENSOR RALLY PRONOUNCEMENTS BECAUSE IT IS PART OF COMMUNICATION AS WELL. COMMUNICATION, BY DEFINITION, INVOLVES SENDING AND RECEIVING INFORMATION (ENCODING AND DECODING).WHAT HAPPENED SOME FEW DAYS AGO WHERE THE MOUTHS OF PITALA AND HIS BRIEFCASE FIANCEE KALIAT WAS NOT GOOD. THEY SHOULD BE CALLED FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION AS THEY SENT WRONG SIGNALS TO THE MALAWIANS. AMALAWI TIFERA UDYO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Joseph Banda says:

    IS KAMLEPO KALUA, THE BEST THAT THE NORTH CAN PRODUCE FOR MALAWI?

    1. Mwana wapa Jiya says:

      a deafening yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! better than Goodall Gondwe, Jappie Mhango, Obamaniac, Vuwa Kaunda, the list of your political bedfellow maniacs is endless, is the dose enough or you want more. And of course better than many from the south including Bulu APM, Chaponda, Kaliyatisism, uyu anamakweza mafumuyu paja ndani, oh yea, Nankhumwa.

  25. Maunisi says:

    Ayambako a DPP mantha amenewa bwanji. Ndiye multi-party yinabwereranji. I thought this was the idea that is the reason DPP would always intimidate the media houses in order for them to get scared in broadcasting no no no no. A Nundwe ndizaboza kuti Matafale anaphedwa ndi UDF, Chasowa anaphedwa ndi DPP komanso Njauju anaphedwa ndi DPP. Talk of 20 people killed on 20 July 2011. Foolish leave Kamlepo alone.

    1. Yemwe uja says:

      MACRA summon MBC in the first place before Zodiak, full stop!!!

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