Mzati tipped for Mutharika’s Press Officer job: Viola faces the chop

Presidential press secretary Gerald Viola is facing a chop from his job and will likely be replaced by MBC journalist Mzati Nkolokosa, Nyasa Times understands.

Nkolokosa: Among those considered

Nkolokosa: Among those considered

Director of Information, Bright Molande and President’s special assistant Ben Phiri have recommended that Viola be removed and be replaced by Nkolokosa, a former feature writer for the Nation Publications and part time Polytechnic lecturer.

Said the source: “Viola will be fired anytime. It is a done deal. Mzati Nkolokosa has already packed his bags ready to go to State House.”

Also being considered for State House press office role are journalist Mgeme Kalirani and Gideon Munthali.

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.

The Presidential Press Secretary has been in the headlines for telling Times Television that President Mutharika plan 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.

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60 thoughts on “Mzati tipped for Mutharika’s Press Officer job: Viola faces the chop”

  1. wakummawa mario says:

    Viola chonde musamuchotse kungoti oipa ndi brian banda anamutsokoneza ndi mafunso opusa .Mr President believe me Gerrald amakukondani ganizilani kumbuyo.

  2. Reuben Wataya says:

    Gerald , nothing wrong with your answers with Brian Banda but your party is full of snakes so beware.

  3. Spider Chitumba says:

    Limenero ndiye dziko lapansi.

  4. mbanga says:

    mwana ananena chilungamo. when economy improves we will buy a plane.if it doesn’t improve we will not buy. is that something wrong. This is obvious. when money is there we will buy. If it isn’t we can’t afford. It just shows those in authority have no proper education to advise the president. I wish my president was not sorrounded by kaliati good all and a tuple.

  5. Abro says:

    komatu munthuyu amalephera kugona kukumenyerani inu kampeni pa media,waipa lero ? aViora mwaonatu anthu akuwukirani musova .

  6. Kenkkk says:

    Thugs will always remain thugs. So now you want to kill viola and Brian Banda?

    You fire Viola, we know he is telling the truth, you keep him again, again we know he is telling the truth. He has just redeemed himself from the UN fiasco, remember he is a journalist.

    Firing him will just show how really primitive people at stars house are. What he said is not new, we all knew already about what was going on state house. That is what we have saying for the past 18 months, even Alan gave us more fire.

  7. thomas says:

    ntata and viola being vindicated big time.who is this guy tipping mzati to be the next press secretary?i dont think APM knows mzati peronally.

  8. zimachitika bwelelani ku mbc, mumatisangalatsa

  9. kadamanja says:

    This is because of Peter’s tribalism and nepotism. Musova the intelligent and the wise are not chosen. Violla come to MCP utiudze zambiri, za treason ya chakwera and Kachale, bwera kuno mwananga Violla

  10. sokole says:

    Nyapape wagwa nayo

  11. BigMan says:

    A Nation, obsessed with trivia.

  12. Mjomba yusuf says:

    Peter kuyendera Kuala ndi press team yake uyu, paja ena ankadana ndi ma vice president. Arsenal pa home

  13. ndadabwa says:

    a Mzati mukudziona ngati inu nde mukalimba. mwina popeza ndinu oyambita msete

  14. Wadyera says:

    People are just jealous with Viola period!

  15. Chilomoni Tweet says:

    G.V. usatekeseke ntchito ilipo palibe chomwe unalakwa unagwira ntchito kale koma uchenjere uli ndi adani ambiri koma akuchepela kaba

  16. its how the govt of mlwi handles its secret!munthu akayamba kunena zolakwika mu boma, amayamba kumuganizila zoipa!what a stupid govt of similar darkage structure

  17. Katakwe says:

    Who tipped Mzati? This is exactly what Viola was saying that the nomination process start from somewhere where it might be prone to abuse. Then why accusing Viola when he said exactly what happens?

  18. munthu wina says:

    just in a year 4 press officers.something is wrong, press officer is supposed to briefed with correct info as well!!

  19. kako says:

    mzati wakana

  20. Mr viola hs started the fire & z failing to extinguish it, in the long he’ll b consumed by the fire he started himself, but my prayer to president: pliz dont be emmotional in ur decission bcoz viola did nothing wrong according to my understanding, u can listen again to the interview only that ppo r blowing it out of proportion, if he can be fired ndiye muchosa angati mapeto ake ppo will say ndinu ovuta

  21. nanyonyo says:

    Indeed, the world is full of idiots,u fire one idiot the other one shows up to replace the fired one.thats how this reporter has commented on this whole saga. Nanyonyo of the Nyasa press syndicate will continue giving u stories as they happen.

  22. innocentphiri says:

    Amafuna anenezaboza pomweyemwe akulamulasi president well done viola potiuza.

  23. lonje ken says:

    dziko ndi anthu ake

  24. Mbuya says:

    Brian sometimes ask mafuso opusa so wen aswering him u must be careful dont just answer each and every question like Ntata anakumana naye

  25. Chidzukulu says:

    Palibe nkhani apa amangwetu mwachita bwanji kodi?

  26. Sapitwa says:

    Ndimo zikhalira ntchito za ndale. Zonse zimakhala za temporary kupatula kapena u MP. Akakupatsa nyumba usati uwete nkhunda, nkhuku, abakha – zipwere zokha zokha mbwe mbwe mbwe mbwe ngati pa kwanu; iiiii!
    It’s like being soldier, you shift to the same position where your colleague has been shot dead during the battle.

  27. Bamusinchitsiru says:

    Abale mzati bulutu ngati uyu. Malawi watha ndithu. Ena nde muziti Mzati ngophunzira because he’s doing his phd-basopu! Education is not accumulation of certificates. Amzati samvetsa zinthu ndeumadabwa kuti koma school yapa malawi imathandizadi?

  28. Allan says:

    Pachoka wina pali malo🙌🙌

  29. Fwitondo says:

    Rabalamani, journalusts ask all sorts of questions. It takes the ingenuity and mental capability of the respondent to show what they are made of. Viola is not fit to be oresidential press secretary, period! So stop this nonsense against Brian Banda in defense of your shitty dpp.

  30. Ojambula says:

    Next time you’ll be able to edit and sensor yourself before you speak. Kwatsala ku MBC bwana APM, there too much rot under Aubrey Sumbuleta. The guy is a rotten bustard who messed up things ay MEC some years back. Pliz tek him away, chisembwere too much in his office with girls eish, nyansi

  31. Ojambula says:

    Mmmmmm, no comment bkoz that job needs somebody who is mature. You can agree with me that since APM ascended to Presidency, how many Press Officers has he hired and fired? Are they mature enough to hand and amanage state house affairs? Can you compare them with Steve Nhane or Albert Mungomo former Presidntial Press Officers? If truth be told Viola was supposed to be under somebody else. In this case bringing Mzati Nkolokosa or Ambuye Che Mungomo to State House will be the best ever thing to do, these pipo are disciplened enough not Mgeme Kalilani another idiotic member of the society. Fare thee well Brutos Gerald Viola. Next time I think you’ll be able to sencor

  32. Patrick Fred says:

    Chala changa mavotavota;tawona dzikoli?

  33. Akatero wadya kale za amwenye ameneyu. Amanamiza amwenye kuti APM awapatsa ma bizinesi iye mkumatenga ndalama kwa amwenye. Viola ndi wa corruption moipa. Mufunseni mwenye uyu wapa Chilambulayu akuuzani.

  34. Aa says:

    You can honest, educated and firm but once in the state house your have to lock their testicle…..it’s so pathetic

  35. Waaaaaa! says:

    Nsena opanda ulemu! Kungonena momwe zinthu zilili nd chilungamo chokhachokha? Waaa asena ndi achilungamodi samabisa ndipo ndasiya kukaika Muthalika palibe chomwe achita ku state house angomwa wine dziko akuyendetsa ndi Ben Phiri. A Malawi amatenga nthawi kuti azindikile moti zoti Muthalika mphatso ya utsogoleli alibe ena sanazindikilebe.

  36. GRM says:

    Some of these comments are from Viola himself and his sympathisers. Viola anaola pomumenyesa APM desk. And he saw a puppet in this clueless man. Mkazi wake gogo ophoda anadabwa nkupsa naye Viola mtima kuti gogo APM amenya bwanji desk pa za zii.

  37. short wamtali says:

    It won’t be firing but rather redeployment says the Govt, spokesman. This is normal.

  38. Mzee says:

    To the Analyst. Pse dont take Chilima seriously about this mindset change shit. Why does he use more vehicles than the Botswana president. Why does he employ his Africana friends. To be presidential press officer is to know what to day and when. Teachers must be in class teaching and not handling such sensitive jobs. Nalawian press officers must learn from John Nagenda former press officer to Museveni. Calling your principal puppet is evidence of lack of maturity. Would Chilima accept to be called “wachigololo” simply because its the truth? Change of mindset yes then stop using the siren you are not in an ambulance nor are you a fireman. Why does Chilima and his commissioners get angry if you didagree with them if they want change. I was disappointed when Seodi White was told the Chief Secretary that your PSs are too confident. Excuse me we know what is wrong and how to correct it so just sit your big buttocks down and listen. I would also urge Chilima to always finish speaking before we fininsh listening. The guy is too verbose spending time on things we already know like 7 principles of an eagle which he wrongly applies. Foolish people.

  39. Attention Seeker says:

    If you are not a lhlomwe but occupying a post in a DPP government you don’t behave and speak in a tukumu tukumu way. If you do you are shown the exit. Compare this what Nankhumwa has done so far but there he is. Again you Presidential Advisors especially Bamusi. This is a lesson for you. Don’t be outsiders who weeps louder than the bereaved. Viola was thought he had secured his place at state house following his unprofessional conduct during the UNGA press conference but here he is

  40. maso ngozo says:

    Tamara Chafunya can make good press officer please mr president try the untested

  41. Yelembe Yangafuta says:

    Mzati mukumufunayo ndie nyanyi, akaononga ku state house ko. Kapena yesani Mgeme yo. I dont understand why government wants to fire honest GV. Chipani cha DPP sichimavomera chikalakwitsa bwanji? GV walakwa kuulula kuti muli ndi ma plan ogula jet?

  42. Alex Likoswe says:

    Mzati has his skeletons. Let us try a mature upright civil servant.

  43. Chekandulu says:

    Kakanganani mutiuza mukamaliza mwangoyamba simunathe

  44. ABONZI says:

    Abwana awa mukuwa chotsawa ndi omwe aja ankalengezera maliro achimwene anu ngati mpira.

  45. Nasan says:

    Koma ziliko. Aviola ndinakuuzani athu andale ndiovuta phone yanga munasiya kundiyakha panu mukuti ndikufunileni nyumba ku 36 zitithandiza zimenezi

  46. The Analyst says:

    Was it not yesterday or a day before or whenever, when the VP was advocating for a change in our mindset if we need progress? Why then is is in our mind that everyone who gathers up courage and tells the truth is deemed disloyal hence fired? While the VP preaches a mindset change, his boss just right on top of him is so stuck in the old ways of doing business. This is a kingdom/house divided! And we all know what happens . . .

    “A kingdom divided against itself is laid to waste: a house divided against itself falls.” – Jesus Christ (when accused of driving out demons using Satan’s power)

    And the VP and the president’s advisers can even dare tell him APM to be tolerant of truth coz it is in their (VP and other plebeians) mind that they would be deemed disloyal by the president hence isolated. We can’t tell others to change their mindset if we ourselves won’t change ours!

    Its high time our leaders changed their mindset and viewed truth as it is: truth; and therefore exploit it to their own advantage by becoming better selves!

  47. Rabalamani says:

    APM shud think really hard before firing this honest journalist and a trained teacher. Revisit the interview, u’ll see that Brian Banda was asking questions to tarnish the gud image of DPP, APM AND VIOLA. Take care with this Brian Banda of yours!!!

  48. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    Much as Gerald Viola was not my favourite Presidential Press Officer but I do sympathise with him because am very sure he was either deliberately told wrong information in order to be get rid of or he spilled unripened seed. Now fine let him be fired for “allegedly” telling Malawians lies about govt intentions to buy a presidential jet but let us Malawian Nyasatimes diehards agree here what should we do to those who hav fired him if it happens he was right after all?

  49. Bob says:

    This is the beginning of the end of DPP. Secrets shall be revealed. Another death looming. Firing and hiring will get this govt nowhere. Those you fire knows a lot about your weaknesses. Aulura and you will be stripped naked.

  50. Mathanyux wayaluka says:

    Kkkkk but Brian there z no other like u!

  51. insider says:

    That Brian Banda is still employable and has so much influence on public opinion in Malawi speaks volumes of why we are a failed state. That interview was trash – a trashy interviewer and a trashy interviewee

  52. G.V says:

    I do not regret having said what I did. I knew that I could be chopped. I am an honest person and I must say what really happens. I am accountable to the president as well as the people of Malawi. Let people know the truth. There are many problems at the state house. Bright Malopa said about it. Timpunza mwansambo had his chop. Fredrick Mndala faced the music. So you think all these people are liars.

    The truth remains the same. Even if I am fired, the truth is that Peter Mutharika does NOT rule this country. He is just a figure head. He does not appoint or even scrutinise those recommended by his aides. Ben Phiri is becoming more powerful than the president. the president is not visionary , I am afraid to say. Allan Ntata was right about it.

    Malawians, just wait and see if I am lying that the Malawi Government will purchase a jet. This process is still underway and quotations have already been sourced. The problem with this government is that it is not transparent. It says one thing and does another . Just wait and see!!

  53. Drake says:

    Reporters mainly who supports the opposition have always targeted Viola and they have trapped him by technically putting words in his mouth. The President must be careful about firing people, you will end up firing all your faithful people and pack the state house with opposition plants who will be leaking statehood secrets. Brian Banda is a very dangerous reporter who was used by JB to destroy many and this time around he is to it again and the Government must be careful

  54. pathako says:

    Another one to the end of the road. nkumene anthu akuthera. mzati cant see that

  55. Zoonadi bwana anandiitana ku nkumano wa dzidzidzi ndipo anali okhumudwa kwambiri ndi zomwe ananena Vowola pa Times tv. Ndinayesa kuwauza kuti asena nkukhala kwawo ndioola nkamwa komanso amangoyankhula zilizonse chimodzimodzi bambo Gwanda.
    Ndie anati awona komano ngati zili choncho sibwino kuti apitlize kukhala Press secretary.
    Ngakhale kuti ndizoona kuti bwana palibe chomwe amadziwa poti akhala kwambiri ku America ndipo maudindo amasankha ndi Ben Phiri ndi anzake komano nzochititsa manyazi ndipo Vowola wanyazita bwana ndipo timuganizila mwina angokhala YOUTH CADET ndipo grade yake siisintha angayambe kutiyalutsa poti akudziwa tizinsinsi ta bwana ndi DPP.
    Zikomo a Malawi.

  56. Brighton says:

    zilimbanani nokhanokha

  57. Willie Chimseu says:

    If APM actually impliment that then it will be a grave mistake. Ntchito imeneyi itha anthu angati? Komanso kukuoneka kuti kuyamika abwana kuma,uvutani.

  58. H,Chitumvi says:

    Welcome Nkolokosa to a new post which you know its nature.Viola did his job painted red cross mark on ZBS what is your plan so far?

  59. ben phiri says:

    DPP sanati amalidza. atolankhani onse kena atenga mungomo.Aviola matama ndiye mupita kuti go back to teaching mudzikaba chalk tsogolo mwabwino mbuyo mwabwino ntchetche IDATERO

    1. Geotha says:

      Ukakhala pa msana pa njovu usamati kulibe mane

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