The once upon a time untouchable man at the State broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC ) Albert Mungomo is out of MBC executive management, Nyasa Times can reveal.
The MBC Board of Directors made the decision at its extra-ordinary meeting held on the 16th of November, 2015 in Blantyre.
According to a member of the MBC Board of Directors, who pleaded for anonymity, Mungomo was not confirmed in his position as MBC Director of Programmes after failing to satisfy the board during his six months probationary period.
‘‘Mungomo failed miserably during appraisals. Out of all the directors we appraised he was the lowest. He scored 20 percent,” said the board member.
The member also told Nyasa Times that apart from showing poor performance in his responsibilities as Director of Programs, the board also got seriously concerned that Mungomo was too political in his conduct.
‘‘ The board noted with great concern that as Director of Programmes, Mungomo was using names of politicians to intimidate fellow staff at MBC which was not in the best interest of the corporation’’, he added.
The board member said Mungomo has since been demoted to his old position of Chief Training Officer effective 1st December 2015.
In a related development, according to a veteran broadcaster at MBC, a lot of members of staff at MBC were surprised when Albert Mungomo was promoted to the position of director jumping two positions in the process.
‘‘It was a pure political appointment where he jumped from positions of Assistant Controller and Controller in the process’’.
Following the demotion of Mungomo, Nyasa Times has established that many members of staff at MBC have expressed a sigh of relief because Mungomo and his wife Gloria Banda were running MBC especially the programmes department as their own estate.
Mungomo was Director and his wife Gloria Banda was his deputy in the same department.
The two caused a lot of mayhem at the broadcaster but no one seemed to listen until the board decided to crack the whip on Mungomo.
Still at MBC, the MBC board of Directors has also fired Company Secretary Daniel Kalaya for allegedly stealing over K14 million a from the corporation’s coffers.
Kalaya was suspended in October after it was discovered that he had established a legal firm that was later used to siphon money from the corporation.
Nyasa Times has established that when the audit section at MBC picked the fraud, Kalaya quickly refunded the money but paid himself MK 3.7 Million through his legal firm without MBC management approval.
Although Kalaya reimbursed part of the funds, the MBC board resolved that he should still be fired because he had shown dishonesty.
Meanwhile reports indicate that the fiscal police is pursuing the criminal elements of Kalaya’s matter And arrests are imminent.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :