Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa has advised journalists to put an end to the “glorification” of poverty in the media.
Nankhumwa made the appeal when he officially opened a day-long workshop for Association of Business Journalists (ABJ) members on emerging issues in Bvumbwe, Thyolo.
Recently, leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera told parliament that while Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world the continued impoverishment is no longer of circumstances but by choice.
He said it is “inexcusable” that Malawi is still ranked amongst the poorest in the world.
“Ours is no longer poverty of circumstances but poverty by choice, perpetuated by leaders too cowardly to make the top choices that can move us forward,” stated Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president.
But Nankhumwa said government has put in place a number of economic policies and strategies aimed at changing the country’s economic fortunes, saying the media should desist from painting a “gloomy” picture on the country’s well-being.
“We are what we write. If our stories are that of desolation, failure, glorification of poverty and pessimism, then we are going to become a country that is synonymous with under-achievement and brokenness,” said Nankhumwa.
The government spokesman persuaded business journalists to use the power of the pen to “build Malawi and conquer the world”.
He said:”Let us use the power that we have to be bridges between our society and government, donor community, private and public sector and investors at large.
“We should use this power to help our nation bang heads together and come up with the best ways of lifting Malawi. Let us not take pride in glorifying empty rankings on poverty. We are more than a statistic.”
The workshop, funded by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authorities (Macra), brought together business reporters from all three regions and were taken through several topics including “Understanding the bond Market” by Malawi Stock Exchange Acting Chief Executive John Kamanga; Chief Economic Adviser to the President Dr Collins Magalasi’s “Where is the economy going? Any hope for Malawi”; “Challenges and opportunities of doing business in Malawi by Indigenous Businesspersons Association President Mike Mlombwa while Macra Henry Silika made a presentation on Cirms and Television Whitespaces:.What are they and why are they important.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :