State House press officer under fire for harassing media

One of the Malawi’s State House press officers Sylvester Namiwa is currently under fire from his seniors for ill-treating journalists during President Peter Mutharika’s news conference.

Mutharika’s press secretary Fredrick Ndala summoned Namiwa on Friday in relation to a letter from one of the concerned journalists Charles Sitima, a sub-editor for Radio Maria Malawi.

Namiwa: To be disciplined by his superiors

Namiwa: To be disciplined by his superiors

In an email which Nyasa Times has seen, Sitima lamented over Namiwa’s conduct of harassing the media despite being a trained journalist himself.

“I would like to register [concern] over the recent conduct of Mr. Namiwa on how he has been handling the media. I have been hearing from the media circles about how hash he treats members of the media fraternity during their visits at State House therefore I have decided to blow the whistle instead of mongering as how others are doing with the hope that the problem will be ratified,” Sitima wrote.

In an email Sitima highlighted two key issues which he said has baffled members of the press in the way the former Galaxy Radio’s employee has been handling his colleagues from the media.

Namiwa has been accused of for harshly treating the media personnel dully invited to attend Mutharika’s press briefings and of being bias over media house selection.

He is also accused of having “his own cartel of media houses which he prefers to work with and he has no audacity to consider inviting others”.

Namiwa was hired by Mutharika following his good job at Galaxy radio where he vigorously campaigned for DPP and its candidature but also castigated the former president Joyce Banda and her family.

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Kika kanawe

When shall we Malawians stop basing our comments on tribalism.I feel this is immaturity!

Kika kanawe

A Malawi tizaphunzira liti kulemekeza ufulu wa atolankhani?

Cliff K Gama

Ukakwera mu mtengo usatukwane pansi kodi nanga utagwa adzakutola ndani? Amzanga moyo uwu uli ngati mpira lero wawinna ndiwe


I think this camp is supposed to be filled with staff that knows the wrath of death that previously engulfed our country in 2012. Namiwa must know pretty well that this administration will only go up to 2019 or not so he should be the last person to harass fellow journalists. If anything, why? Kufuna kutchuka? Nonsense

Quota system

Ahlomwe ndi khalidwe lawo. Ine sindikudabwa


Namiwa we love u so very much agalu aa pp awa osadandaula nao atopa okha if u can remember they used to block u and jv to air programe ya boo ija mu morning live koma lero zinawadera nde aziti nyo nyo nyo. anyepe anapwa anamanyepwa anapwa awo


People who have brains full of puss like you are the ones who make things remain the same. How can you applaud such stupidity?

Unenesko pera

Qualified because of shouting others. Malawi is developing. Kaya.


A Namiwa,mbiri yanu yanveka kutali.Koma zoona munthu angalowe ku statehouse osaitanidwa?Ngati anabwera ngati Ntolankhani nde kuti office yanu inamuitana.

Anthutu akukwezani muntengo wa mango koma mungodya nokha mkumagwetsa Mthanga.Muzawapezatu awa 5years njochepa.


Jah, izotu! Appeasement appointments! Zanu zimenezo!

Poor patie

Go deeper my brother charlo anali ndaninso namiwa kapolo amene anangotoledwa even his profile doesnt convince me to be on holding that position

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