Show you have the balls, fire Viola: CHRR urges Mutharika over power abuse scandal

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has held President Peter Mutharika by the balls, saying he should prove his governance credential by sacking presidential press secretary Gerald Viola who has been caught in controversy of power abuse after authoring a letter that asks government departments and agencies to advertise on Galaxy FM Radio which belongs to the late President Bing wa Mutharika, the brother to the current Malawi head of state Peter Mutharika.

Mtambo: Let the President act or else he will prove to be party to Viola's abuse of power

Mtambo: Let the President act or else he will prove to be party to Viola’s abuse of power

In a leaked memo which Nyasa Times first reported on Friday July 31, Viola was requesting government departments and agencies to make good relationship with Galaxy Radio by offering them adverts in order to bail the station from financial woes?

But Executive Director, Timothy Mtambo described the written memo as a clear demonstration abuse of power which he asked President Mutharika to fire Viola for conflict of interest.

“Gerald Viola probably had a backing of President Mutharika. If the President didn’t do that, Mutharika should demonstrate that he was not party to the letter in question and not condoning such malpractice by firing Viola,” Mtambo told Nyasa Times.

“Viola having once worked at Galaxy Radio again raises conflict of interest as the Presidential Press Secretary had acted as the Station’s Marketing Manager which isn’t health for the country’s leadership hence the demand for his sacking”, demanded Mtambo.

Viola until his appointment is a Presidential Press Secretary, once worked as a broadcaster at Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) before he joined Galaxy Radio is 2012 when the station was launched whose directors are Duwa and Madalitso, the late President Bingu wa Mutharika’s daughter and Son respectively, who is the brother to the current country’s President Peter Mutharika.

Mtambo said Viola’s leaked memo is “clearly an abuse of office which is not only unacceptable but it is retrogression of the highest order.”

The rights campaigner said misleading and overzealous officers like Viola will not take Malawi anywhere but to destruction.

“How do you expect such officers to advise the president effectively to take this country forward,” wondered Mtambo.

“Viola has abused his office and power because in his job description as press officer I do not think he has any mandate to be the sells or marketing officer for any company let alone the company that belongs to the president’s family, and a company which was putting bread and butter on his table before he joined the government.”

This comes after a year the same State House was embroiled in an abuse of power on financial scandal in which the First lady, Gertrude Mutharika’s Beatify Malawi (Beam), cultural grouping Mulhakho wa Alhomwe gotten MK5 million and MK9 million respectively from National Aids Commission (NAC), yet the two institutions are not directly involved on HIV/AIDS activities.

This led to NAC’s loss as Global Fund Principal Recipient (PR) status for the country after the commission last year was involved in a financial scandal when wrongly disbursed grants to undeserving beneficiaries.

The financial mess at NAC prompted Malawi’s CSOs petitioning the two organizations in January early this year to refund the money to the commission which until now nothing of that sort has been complied although some business men tried to rescue Beam by paying back the money through the treasury.

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Ras Mix
Guest

iwe mtambo usakauza akufuna ndalama zanthu odwala in the name of compasation bwanji aaaaaah

Ndakwiya Nasolo
Guest

Chidzete cha munthu. Nanunso a Nyasa mulibetu manyazi inu. Msiyeni Viola abale. Mungopeka nkhani za ziiii. Agaluinu. Viola is there and we want him for 2019 campaign kkkkkk muliranaye muonanso hahahahahaha. Opposition forever to you guys. Viola and APM 2019 Bomaaaaaa.

Honest
Guest

Kkkkk balls,mipira, bola. Hahahaha

uyuni
Guest

Viola is the finest press secretary Malawi ever had . I cannot fire him till 2024 period!

john banda
Guest

balls – what a language. put it in chichewa and you find it shocking

Chibanja tv
Guest

CHRR should fire you mtambo now, you were just hand picked by Mwakasungura just like as chieftaincy is this not poor governance which need the attention of ACB?. Too vocal on petty issues, yes we know what some media oulets are doing when it comes to advertising as they offer a 10% commission to advertisers. Day one I will reveal the names of these media outlet here but for now you need to be fired we are tired of your outbursts you moron!

BigMan
Guest

Typical of Malawi’s so called human rights campaigners, barking, barking, barking and barking some more….for nothing!

chikutumbwe nyanianthu
Guest
chikutumbwe nyanianthu

Mpakana “balls” kutchula president? can’t use another language? Learn to respect

Chipatrick
Guest

a Viola kunena za anzawo. all the NAC gates 20 years imprisonmemt!!

Bola Kwimuka.
Guest

Useless and meaningless call by these so called Human Rights Activists. We have more pressing issues facing our ailing nation and its moral decay that need our urgent attention.

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