Manganya blasts MBC over ‘Tikuferanji’

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) country director Michael Usi has taken a swipe at state broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), mainly it’s director general Aubrey Simbuleta for blocking latest ‘Tikuferanji’ episode.

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Usi: Blast MBC ‘s ‘retrogressive order’ on Tikuferanji

The latest episode was supposed to be aired last Saturday, but the state broadcaster’s Director General reportedly shoved the series as its content were reportedly not in favour of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government.

Instead MBC Tv repeated a programme that was shown a fortnight ago without seeking consent from ADRA, a development that did not go well with Usi, who took trouble to confront MBC management over it.

Usi, widely known as Manganya in comedy circles , said he was surprised when his eyes caught a repeated Tikufera programme when they had produced a latest series and was duly given to the state broadcaster for beaming last Saturday.

“We pay them K25 million every year to have Tikuferanji beamed on state television. Their conduct breached the contract existing between MBC and ADRA

“The programme was replaced following a directive from above and it is the director general himself who made this retrogressive order and chose to breach our agreement. He made the directive just because of the fear of unknown. Tikuferanji is non-partisan and is there to address issues on human rights, gender, democracy and good governance,” said Usi.

He said they will not produce another episode until MBC beam the series in question.

When asked whether they will consider pulling out the programmes, the outspoken comedian said “they must respect the contract which is there, but if they don’t go by the agreement, appropriate action will likely be taken”.

When contacted to provide his side of the story, MBC director general Aubrey Simbuleta declined to comment.

The focus of the drama series has slowly been widening to encompass not only HIV/AIDS issues but also addressing issues on human rights, gender, democracy and other social topics.

ADRA Malawi has a long history of over 20 years of implementing HIV/AIDS programs, working in a range of methods of HIV prevention, treatment and care support and ‘Tikuferani’ is also aimed at preventing and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS.

ADRA uses Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) methodologies through mass media and community based mobilization and advocacy.

The drama series called Tikuferanji “Why are we dying?” produced by the ADRA Malawi has been on the radio for nearly 13 years and on television for approximately 8 years disseminating HIV/AIDS messages.

And it is one of the popular television shows and it received the radio play of the Year Award at the 2008 MBC Entertainers of Year Awards, and it has been voted the best advocacy program in Malawi on radio and television.

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46 thoughts on “Manganya blasts MBC over ‘Tikuferanji’”

  1. john mwaniza says:

    a MBC simukupanga bwino tisiya kuoneratu ife tv yanuyo mudzingothokoza tikuferanji kuti imapangitsa anthu kuti awonereko tv yanu komanso apopo mwalakwitsa izi zikusonyeza kuti contact yanu ndi tikuferanji munauza kuti akhoza kupanga act pakhani iliyonse nde mwalakwitsa tangoyikani episod Saturday tionere ife pomaliza amene wa ika comment yake kaya akuti levelheaded ndiwe opusa ukuona ngati kuti 25million ndindalama zochepa utakhala iwe ukuona ngati ungalole zimenezi

  2. levelheaded says:

    Koma Manganya mutu wawung’onowo ndi magalasiwo ndi parallel.

    Ena akuti upititse programme yakoyo Ku ma TV enawa, ma TV ake ati? Othawa signal every 5 minutes’wo? You can talk bad about MBC guys but those so called private are not any near to MBC. Try it Manganya, udziwonera wekha ndi ana ako.

    On Sumbureta’s issue what you should know is every institution has its own rules and guidelines for every employee to follow and the director general being mandatory employed by the president can’t publicise something that’s directly tarnishing his public reputation. Even you Manganya their must surely be some guidelines you are not breaching for you to still remain at Adra.

    On the money you pay MBC to cover your programmes, know that MBC will still be there even if you can pull out your programmes, 25 million kwacha a year is not even enough to sustain signal problems for 6 months. At the end of the day, you are going to be the looser,period.

  3. Mac Millan Banda says:

    Thats bad 4us coz we only watch mbc on sartuday coz of this episode, ganizan bwino a Mbc tisanasiye kuonera ka tv kanuka

  4. mulinga says:

    Muli ntchito…. Board Chair mpaka kuitanidwa kuzamvera Tikuferanji? Ana Ali kuti mpaka Board Chair? Sumbuleta slowly akugwetsa MBC komanso making DPP lose elections in 2019. Ntchito iyoooooo

  5. ellina maonjera says:

    imwe apute manganya lero sagona sagona ndi mpweteka!!!!!

  6. Oga says:

    Try zodiak or times tv pasavute

  7. Viyazi Tembo says:

    It was Sabbath day either way, don’t fume Mr Usi, mukufana kupanga ndalama mutsiku la sabata?

  8. OBAMA says:

    JB was really a democrat and shall live to be remembered. we could see Peter Muntharika, Chakwera, and all other political leaders on MBC freely castigating Joyce Banda but she never complained. Ndizomwe munkafuna izi ndipo simunati. Since 2014 muone apangapo chani a DPP apart from kugulitsa MSB.

  9. truth says:

    tangoyifunira njira episode yo tipange download basi.Changu pa malo.

  10. Sailota says:

    I am very happy with this development. Tinkanena anathera msiiizi! Zayamba kuluma mwini. Simunati mulila mtoooooo!!!!!!

  11. Myao says:


  12. Mbola says:

    They should realy not produce another episode. Tiwonere kaye ya banidwayo ansssaaa!! ndakwiya

  13. Ndine Wa DPP says:

    Ayi sipadakhozeke pamenepa tiunikepo kaye!!!

  14. Ndatopa says:

    Even me I cry for Mai Joyce Banda the one was accepting this broadcaster to beam opposition and dissenting views live. We don’t know where our Nation is going now. We need God Intervention.

  15. Ozitsata says:

    On this one I cry for Mai Joyce Banda as she is the only president who accepted this public broadcaster to beam opposition and dissenting views live.

  16. Utawasala says:

    Malawi is 200 years behind time because of our broadcasting unit is behind time. Zuka MBC Malawi is no longer in the times of Kamuzu. It is not by fooling Malawians for the government of the day to be in power but it is the services that you promise to deliver. MBC has a big obligation to put Malawi to higher level but alas they choose to praise the government of the day. You killing Malawi, downgrading the president if you do not tell exactly what is on the ground. Some of us we stopped listening MBC News some years ago because it is not matured.

  17. As long as Mr ibu remains the president this country will remain to the dogs.

  18. Ojambula says:

    Dear the Analysit,

    It is not my wish that I should respond to your opinion bkoz it OS your constitutional right to write what lies deep down your heart. Much as I agree with some facts in your piece, I would like to clalify a point. That very incident happened during Benson Tembo PhD’s tenure of office, bit then because of his professionalism the program was beamed and nothing happened. What matters is just objectivity of the media house and the wisdom of knowing that MBC doesn’t belong to any political party but Malawians regardless of their political affiliations. What has to be done is to fire Sumbuleta, mkazi wake Gloria Banda, Mtumiki wake wa chibwenzi chake ndi Gloria Ali Mzee, Mgeme Kalirani and hire somebody with the right qualifications and experience period

  19. mulinga says:

    Breaking News: Limbani Matola, MBC’s sales guru resigns from MBC citing intimidation by Aubrey sumbuleta. Ntchito iyooo why the massive staff over this time during his leadership?

  20. Grrrrrriiiiiiiiiiii says:

    Grrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! Zandikhuza kwambiri! .
    MANGANYAAAAAA!!!!!!!usadande moya siiwe oyamba kuchitidwa izi,basi pita ku chimbuzi ukazithandize.

  21. Chrispine Ndhlovu says:

    Govt should sell MBC not Escom. State broadcasters are assholes in any country. Benson Tembo accommodated the opposition when PP was in power. Koma DPp litima too much.

  22. choncho says:

    manganya is the best. Tikuferanji is the best. Mbc is a shame

  23. Ojambula says:

    You have not yet seen anything from MBC, more is to come as we count down days, unless something happens, apo biii kaya. Bkoz Tikuferanji has been there for years and years tackling social-economic issues rocking the country. If anything like any other column in a newspaper it is there to provide checks and balances to powers that be. What matters then is just to take heed what the contents say so that as the nation we should together move to the right direction. This will take us nowhere bkoz at the end of the day Sumbuleta is denting APM and his blue DPP as it is deemed to issue directives not to beam Tikuferanji. You are digging your own graveyard and before you know it you’ll be six feet down in it.

    1. maxwell chitukula says:

      sanapangebwino programm ya tikuferanji inali ya bwino yophuzitsa zakhala bwanji sanapange bwino ndine odandaula

  24. Ojambula says:

    We tend to wonder as to whether we are indeed in a democratic Malawi. Any democratic country is supposed to have a free and independent media, a state broadcaster which is objective and bias free whose Director General is not appointed by the State President all bkoz he’s lhomwe, a DG whose papers and experience are not questionable. What do you expect from hand clappers adminstration which is at MBC? Right now MBC is no longer a good place to work, no difference with an estate as employees live in fear bkoz of the retrogressive leadership of Aubrey Sumbuleta with his corhots such as Mgeme Kalirani who of late has grown wings that he is bigger than his Director Geofrey Kazembe. All what Aubrey Sumbuleta is good at is sleeping with MBC ladies in his office. What do u expect of such a DG?

  25. The Analyst says:

    The problem is not the Director of MBC but lack of independence of MBC. Had the programme been beamed, the Director of MBC would have been the one accountable hence seen to be disloyal to his boss.

    Nde iwe akukuuza diplomatically kuti the contents of your programme are, from an obtuse angle, at variance with the taste of the DPP-led Govt of which MBC is not independent, as such undithetsera ncthito, koma iwe siukumva pati? Nkumati we shall not produce another programme until they beam that one first! Are you sure you are not waiting on a queue that’s not moving? Why wont you just withdraw the programme or the contract and henceforth air it somewhere else e.g. Zodiak or Times TV?

    Am sometimes lost in forests of wonder as to how you became the Country Director for ADRA! Coz the plethora of chaos in your mind hence lack of understanding of otherwise obviously basic sense, is just too unfathomable. Paja zinangoyendera za church basi?

    I feel ADRA could have done better.

  26. Temaco says:

    Munanyanya a Manganya MBC yachita bwino.Jst because ADRA ikumapereka K25 million pa chaka basi inuyo mwati muonjeze kufuna kutchuka kapena chiyani?Tangodyani ndalama za ADRA mwachifatse zisiyeni za ndale kuti anthu apitilize kukukondani.

  27. mpopoma says:

    Take it to.zodiak. They will air out

  28. Mgwanya says:

    Tikuferanji LOST its direction years ago & right now lacks profesionalism and quality both in content and acting! Watching it 4 da 1st time one might wonder who & what the hell are those miserable & half baked actors are trying to do! Acting is not just making people laugh nor shabby dressing. A waste of valuable resources by ADRA!

  29. guta says:

    Ooooh oh kodi zatero wawa!

  30. Lydia Phiri says:

    MBC ndi choncho, it is not a professional entity. it z a Political train. They will be out one day. 25 Million that is a lot, salaries for many staff and yet they are struggling. Insteady of making happy a clent they turn to makw politicians happy……..SAD Sad sad for MBC

  31. darth sidious says:

    kawiri-kawiri munthu ofupika udyo amakhalanso ndi nzelu zofupika. how many tv stations do we have now in malawi? 6 or 7? take your adventist wallet and give it to zodiak ndi ena otelo. after all, it’s been mwina 10 years since i’ve watched or listened to mbc tv or radio. ndimangomvela bbc bdi zodiak basi. shatap!

  32. MBC says:

    TVM is a nation TV &such being the case every program has to b regulated.. tikufelanji not exceptional . manganya ngati mukufuna ndale siyani za adra yambani chipani basi. akubwezerani 25 m yanuyo porogram imeneyo muzikaonetsa mma pvt TVs .,.iya! inueti! amayi a sikono kkk bwinotu

  33. Njolinjo says:

    Stupid government. Mwina a ADRA muyambe ma episode amlhakho.

  34. mema says:

    I’m not impressed with reporters at MBC do they always side .please advise them to copy from BBC and reputable media houses.macra please give full rights to other television stations who can impress us

  35. whitd billy says:

    its all abt dpp leadership

  36. Phinifolo says:

    Number 5, wangochita nsanje ndi maphunziro a nzako. Iwe uli ndi chani. Nsanje basi. Musiyeni nzanu anene mwatchutchutchu. What Manganya has done is what is encouraged. Whether Tchuwa or generic, as long as it is a degree, now a PhD holder, the is nothing wrong

  37. Issa says:

    sumbuleta tengera chitsanzo cha viola

  38. ngerengere says:

    Tikuferanji does not make sense anymore and I sometimes ask if manganya and his group are thinking than just want to waste donor money.ndi azimayi anu opanda mabanjawo atherapopo.munthu kumakalamba,kunenepa,kuslima,kuwonda kuyambanso kunenepa pasewero banja mayazi.chokani apa

  39. BigMan says:

    Surely MBC has the right to vet the content that beams on its airwaves? This attitude that “we paid and hence they must show” is childish. Obviously the raw stuff in the episode was deemed unpalatable.

  40. Malawi wa Lero says:

    Posachedwa anthu atanena kuti pologalamu iyi yalowera kundale kwambiri aManganya anabweza moto mozitukumula ngati iwo amagwira ntchito ku MBC. Chipangireni sukulu ya matchuwa a Manganya too much tukumu tukumu.

  41. The Professor says:

    Mr Manganya don’t you worry, this is what happens when someone is a habitual criminal and has committed a felony somewhere, he runs away from a very police officer and even from mere guards…kkkkkk for now let them continue running until they have nowhere to hide. We will definitely smoke them out someday. Choose the right television station for your Tikuferanji! Vote MCP In 2019.

  42. watsalapang'ono says:

    Yayambapo MBC

  43. Donnex says:

    Kodi Sumbuletayu watani Ku MBC ko? Zikuoneka ngati wafikapotu ameneyu. Adra pull out.

  44. john phiri says:

    politics to much. lost direction. im not surprised. good move.

  45. Paulos Nyirongo says:

    Ndizimenezotu! Ambana, wakwathu, wakwitu, wakwanga koka koka!

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