Malawi President’s spokesman nudging govt departments to patronize family business: Yet another State House memo reveals

Even when Malawians are yet to recover from losing the Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) due to unbridled political interference and Cash-gate; the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has now turned on government ministries and departments, directing them to conduct business with Galaxy Broadcasting Company owned by the President Mutharika family and a mouth-piece of the DPP.viola memo

Galaxy FM was launched in 2012 and counts among its directors Duwa and Madalitso Mutharika, daughter and son, respectively, of former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, who is brother to the incumbent

“This communications serves to plead with your department to make good relations where necessary with Galaxy FM,” is the thinly veiled decree issued via a memo from Presidential Press Secretary, Gerald Viola, on July 13, 2015 to various heads of government departments.

“The radio station would like to get adverts from you whenever you feel advertising some of your products,” explains the Presidential Press Secretary, to drive the message home.

As Nyasa Times went online, Viola, confirmed he wrote the memo “after being approached by Galaxy FM representatives ” who told me the company was struggling and needed to be rescued.

Viola, a former employee of the same Galaxy FM, rose to fame on the back of the Cash-gate scandal when he named and shamed companies and individuals rumoured to have benefitted from the Joyce Banda administration phase of the financial scandal.

His appointment was interpreted in some quarters as a reward for the “brilliant work” he did marketing the DPP and decampaigning the Peoples Party (PP) led government of Banda.

Commenting on the memo, South African based academic and law expert Prof Danwood Chirwa described it as “blatant corruption and a clear case of abuse of office and state resources.”

Viola : Presidential press secretary

Viola : Presidential press secretary

As can be seen from the handwritten note on the memo, the communication has not been taken lightly by heads of government departments. Public relations officers have already been “encouraged” to “see to it” that Galaxy FM gets business.

All this is happening when Malawi is undergoing a turbulent economic phase, manifesting itself through people dying of curable diseases in hospitals due to lack of medicines and with teachers getting paid on the ‘sixtieth’ of the month becoming the norm.

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Zondiwe
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If the Presidency recruits dubious characters to fill important positions, this always happens. Ntata is thus vindicated.
If the Presidency is unaware, peoples’ trust is eroded drastically as such stories emerge.
Please listen to the voice of reason. The trouble with people in leadership is that they become deaf by choice.

Lord Denning Chatsika
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Lord Denning Chatsika

Galaxy radio should be changed with forgery seems they forged the document

loyal member
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kkk kodi wapeza memo imeneyi ndani kkk guys if u want to knw the truth jst download that memo kkk so funny coz that memo ikuoneka colour amapaper osiyana pamene pali logo ya galaxy its a pdf file and inamuvuta kupanga edit and pamene akunena kut anasainapo ine sindikuonapo kathu mwina amzanganu mukuonapo signature kkk koma nyasa kkk

boko
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kodi listernership yawo a galaxy ndiyofunikadi kutero? Adverts deserve better broadcasters kkkkk

chitsanzo
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tinkanena

Atcheya
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This doesnt look authentic at all. You can’t have a memo/letter with both government emblem and Galaxy letterhead. Besides, it is not signed and looks more like some cooked up memo

Thom Paul Duncan Nkalodzwa
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Thom Paul Duncan Nkalodzwa

In PP, we once did a similar thing and people said it was bad. It is time , Mr. Gerald Viola and DPP had learned from history for the country’s development.

Thomas kamoza Mtonga
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Pali zambiri zobisika akuononga anthu amenewa ndipo akuwononga maministry nawo turo nkumawonongadi kumaperekadi ma advert awo ku Galaxy FM radio Turo osaulula

chefourpence
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Nanu a Viola. Osaimba ma foni bwanji? Kkkkkkkk kupusa.

yangu Aino
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koma mr viola kkkkkkkkkkk

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