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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Gogodasi
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Gogodasi
1 month 2 days ago

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.

Katapwito
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Katapwito
1 month 3 days ago

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

Phwisa
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Phwisa
1 month 3 days ago

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

Moses Makoko
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Moses Makoko
1 month 3 days ago

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

Zoonadi Zenizeni
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Zoonadi Zenizeni
1 month 3 days ago

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…

Issa
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Issa
1 month 4 days ago

Khuluva Itaye, Khuluva Pitara. Headless chickens.

Nkhulandi
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1 month 4 days ago

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

Phillip Business
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Phillip Business
1 month 4 days ago

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.

Moses Makoko
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Moses Makoko
1 month 3 days ago

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

TIZIPHUNZIRA
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TIZIPHUNZIRA
1 month 4 days ago

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!

We The best
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We The best
1 month 4 days ago

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

CHECHAMBA
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CHECHAMBA
1 month 5 days ago
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,… Read more »
Mwana wapa Jiya
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Mwana wapa Jiya
1 month 5 days ago

well argued

kaka@gmail.com
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1 month 5 days ago

Fools bootlickers

Opals
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Opals
1 month 5 days ago

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

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