Minister threatens journalist over booing story

Minister of Sports and Culture Grace ‘Obama’ Chiumia has threatened an unspecified tragedy will strike journalist James Chavula who exposed the humiliating booing she endured at a Tumbuka cultural ceremony on Saturday.

Unmoved: Chavula

Unmoved: Chavula

The Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Bureau Chief for the North reportedly riled the minister with an article revealing the heckling she suffered at Gonapamuhanya Festival in Rumphi following her desperate attempt to reprimand Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya who asked leaders of all manner to always treat their people with respect.

On Monday, Chavula took to Facebook to offer a glimpse of a phone conversation in which the minister not only called him nonsense, stupid and corrupt.

Obama is also reported to have threatened: “Uwona tsoka. Zimene wachitazi uwona.”

The minister allegedly uttered the expletives using a private phone number though the journalist repeatedly requested her to introduce herself or use an unmasked number for feedback purposes.

When asked about the confrontation, Chavula said he did not want to “glorify the threats”.

“As a journalist, it’s not the first time I am receiving threats and insults from politicians. However, I decided to open up because keeping quiet strengthens the misconception that they can dress down anybody and get away with it,”  he said.

It seems the reporter is not taking the matter lightly.

In the interview, he explained: “When she says uona matsoka, is she referring to a natural tragedy or an act of terror?

“Let’s not forget a minister is a top government official with powers, state machinery and party fanatics subject to abuse. Will Obama use all that or part of it to instil fear in journalists in the country?”

Her angry reaction comes barely a day after Speaker Msowoya stole the show at Gonapamuhanya having warned leaders against ranting and insulting people.

“Leadership is not about insulting the people. Treat them well and with dignity. I am saying this to all leaders, including Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe himself,” said Msowoya, who is also vice-president of opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

The minister had a day to forget where she misconstrued the remarks as an attack on President Peter Mutharika who recently banged tables when the press asked him to account for a bloated delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.

She accused the Speaker of reacting angrily to errant legislators in Parliament, saying the president is human like any other person.

“Even Jesus got angry and chased away traders from plying their trade in a temple,” she argued.

The defensive speech sparked jeers, with some hecklers asking her to sit down and close her mouth.
Chavula writes that she expressed ignorance of the boos while ironically saying they might have emanated from MCP and People’s Party supporters in attendance.

The backlash is the first public protest to emerging arrogance in the DPP-led government which is grappling with a worsening economic meltdown.

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GONAPAMUHANYA
Guest

Gonapamuhanya! Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooos

Mphondo
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More fire Wabweka! Jah fried rice iiii

chokani
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no comment

Jaydee
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No 27 youre right James Chavula thinks he is the best journalist kufuna kutchuka pankhani za zii a Nation mukanadziwa zomwe amapanga u cd have kicked his big ass long time back munthu oyipa wankhanza shame on u kufuna kutchuka youll never be Ralph Tenthani or Chinyeke wachepa

Mong'onyolani
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Zina la Obama anangobera-MTima oipa waufiti

advisory committee
Guest

The jounalist is taking it personal with the minister in all areas lets respect our leaders

Clement
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Chavula uli biiii umasamba iweyo? Kufatsa kumapeka zopusa zakozo. Muuzane ndi msowoya wako mwayamba kulowa mkati muona polekera. Hon Chiumia munaonetsadi mtima wokwiya kwa zitsiruzi I mean msowoya ndi anzake ndipo aona polekera.

Geoffrey
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Shame on 41 don’t just comment without knowing the truth,

Gakanje
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that pimpled woman feels herself a lot, and ‘mfana wa ma plain’ it is because of her pomposity that she likened herself to barrack while campaigning in 2009

Uzweta Thuwe
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No need for threats and we are in a democracy

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