Mutharika kicks out spokesman Viola of State House: Redeployed to Ministry of Information

President Peter Mutharika has relieved his Press Secretary, Gerald Viola, of his duties at State House.

Viola: President Mutharika has booted him out of State House

Viola: President Mutharika has booted him out of State House

Viola himself confirmed that he has been posted to Ministry of Information as Technical Advisor replacing his predecessor at State House Fredrick Ndala.

Ndala has since been posted to Ministry of Trade and Industry to help champion the ‘Buy Malawi’ program which was launched by the President two weeks ago.

Viola rose to the position of Presidential Press Officer after the occupant of the office, Fredrick Ndala got unceremoniously fired after a scandal that revolved around money that was given to journalists when they visited State House in Blantyre for media face-off with President Mutharika.

President Mutharika has so far fired three spokespersons since he ascended to power in 2014 after he fired Ndala and his number two Timpuza Mwansambo.

Nyasa Times understands that  the decision to fire Viola  had been taken long time ago after he was in the headlines for telling Times Television that President Mutharika plans to buy a jet when the Malawi economy recovers and that some appointments are not done by the Head of State.

Analysts noted that what Viola told the television vindicates what presidential critic Allan Ntata has been saying that the President is , but a puppet controlled by some aides.

Viola has also been in the news for social woes.

In his reaction to the redeployment, Viola took to Facebook to post this on his timeline:

“ I would like to wholeheartedly thank the President of Malawi Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika for entrusting me with various positions in order to serve Him. I never envisaged that I would be where I am today. It has pleased Your Excellency to appoint me Technical Advisor in the Ministry of Information in order to fulfill my commitment to Your Excellency. I am going to take over from Mr Fredrick Ndala who has been appointed Technical Advisor in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. I promise to dedicate my life for the needful job as appointed.

“Again, thank You Your Excellency. I know some few Malawians will take it negatively, but that’s Malawi Your Excellency and provided we know the truth. It is a huge responsibility but God will guide and help me fulfill his words in the quest for Integrity, hard work and patriotism.”

Several names have since come out expected to replace Viola with Director of Information, Bright Molande leading the possible successor.STATUS

Others tipped are MBC journalist Mzati Nkolokosa, a former feature writer for the Nation Publications and part time Polytechnic lecturer. Also on the list is MBC’s Vincent Khonyongwa and Business Times editor Thom Khanje.

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30 thoughts on “Mutharika kicks out spokesman Viola of State House: Redeployed to Ministry of Information”

  1. Amos Nyadaufe says:

    If it is true that Viola will be replaced with Mollande, it is the same as removing one idiot wearing a light blue coat and replacing him with another idiot wearing a deep blue one.

  2. crying freeman says:

    He sounds the appointment is rather politically motivated than merit, ip to the extent of saying he “I never envisaged to be where I am today” koma Malawi mmmm…..

  3. zangaphe montman says:

    nyengo zako zimenezo

  4. mwanawamtonga says:

    basi winanso asakhidwe nkumavomera osakana bwa ndili ine kukuna .umphawi ndi ntchimo

  5. mjiba says:

    watsala JHAPI

  6. mjiba says:

    He should be fired period. This backdoor bloating of the Civil Service based on political patronage makes me sick. He was employed from the private sector as spokesperson for APM only to be redeployed to the Civil Service. Koma ku Malawi reform izatheka?????

  7. Chipoya LJ. says:

    Its some sort of redeployment process and Viola is so happy and free like a bird to be redeployed to the Ministry of Information for he will be like an advisor to the Minister.
    Our main problem we Malawians is that we use to be happy kuona mnzathu akugweredwa ndi matsoka kapena mavuto. Sindikuonapo nkhani apa.

    All in All, GOD bless Malawi!!!!!

  8. Vyantonda says:

    sorry my Primary sch teacher bola osadya udzu

  9. Buyelekhaya says:

    @Elija Chibwe, mu Chichewa mulibe ‘X’! Mind you that letter is a click.

  10. Buyelekhaya says:

    He’s been redeployed earlier than he came!

  11. Chambochokoma says:

    Mmene viola anavutikira muja kumuthokoza kwake kukhale kumeneku? Bwana GV osadandaula, Mulungu alinanu.Ndaona kuti boma ili mla alomwedi. A president 2019 mpafupi, munthuyu muzamufuna

  12. Prophet Mboro says:

    Why are Nyasa times emphasizing on the word “fired”, when the guy has been redeployed?

  13. Pumkinsman says:

    If u don’t want to be criticizd ungokhala wozelezeka basi.Hayyyi! Nabola ine!

  14. Chris says:

    Next week unva kuti wayambisa chipani chake

  15. Activist says:

    Gerard Viola kukonda Ku chinda ngati ndi mpikisano oti uwina private Jet ukungo chinda zilizonse sukusankhanso pompano tinva zoti wa chinda ana abwampini ndi ama minister’s onse.

  16. Pumkinsman says:

    Anthu amenewa akudziwana zochita!

  17. Dk Nkhoma says:

    Its about time,he is waiting for a turn

  18. Koma zomangothothola chonchoz sibwino apa mr presdent mwapanga xa olotse nkakutafune.

  19. dpp_sapota says:

    working at the state house is like coaching real madrid or chelsea, you know you will get fired, only question is when. That job is a poisoned chalice.

  20. Stuart ligomeka says:

    Fake professor hahaha at state house

  21. Waaa! Ba Viola! Ine ndidakupanga Ba, kuti uyu Pitalayu ndi tswiru pyache, Iwembo tayuu, wapiona wekhene Mbuya? Shiii! Ba Mathanyulayu ndinyansala pyache weneyu, Akuchokosatu kunyumba kwache, Iwembo Viola, lero ndiwe Mapompanitu Mbuya, Waaa! Iwembo Viola kulonga longa nonga Mbuyako Na Magaleta, Chaaa! Ukhala pamwamba pa Bulu umasati kunjaku kulibe Mame chifukwa ukatsika pamwambapo udzapeza Mame pansipa linotu ndi Dziko Mwanawe.

  22. octavier viola says:

    ive owez been proud of u& I’ll forever be dad,ur the best dad in the world

  23. sure says:

    osayesako mallick mnela kapena daniel mababa ayese mwayi wawo ma fana aja amatha

  24. TAYUB WASI says:

    PALIBE WA MBEWUU !!

    PALIBE WA MUYAYA !!!

    PALIBE CHOSATHA !!

    TIDYERA LIMODZI BONYA
    MKAWALEMU !!

  25. Is just a transfer like a minister so do not waste your time talking stupid issue here He is your president so far he will rule you until 2016 wooo mukususa boma mulibe ndiwo kkkkkkk Mr Viola has not lost anything but keep on kutukwana God is writing your sins machimo is one of sin Amen

  26. Abookishk says:

    Ife omangomvetsera kuti kodi ndimmene zikuyendera eti?iyaaayi malawi wa lero ameneyo ena mkumati warm heart of Africa…kkkkkkkkkkj

  27. He was my friend before appointed to state house…what goes around comes around ….here you are my friends…what next ???

  28. Dr Chaponda says:

    Ukwata kwambiri mkuluyi mbuyanga Gerald Viola. Sins of your uncultured shaft are rewarding you back

    1. November Rain says:

      If any normal man has the ability (financial-muscle, mfundo, strength-nyonga za m’thupi), and is given a choice between kukwata pang’ono and kukwata kwambiri; they would choose kukwata kwambiri.
      This is the case because kukwata ndikwabwino (scientifically proven) and anything good is worth having, and anything worth having, is worth having more.

      Nde inu mukuti bwanji?

  29. Ze Roberto says:

    Komatu a Mutharika angopanga fire anzawo ngati kuti iwowo ntchito ya upulezidenti akuitha. Pamene zinthu zikuwalaka kwa mtu wa galu. Professor wokaikitsa.

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