Analyst warns of imminent MACRA, MBC fuelled anarchy: Defends Zodiak promo on April 27 demo
A local governance analyst Makhumbo Munthali has warned that the regrettable behaviour of MBC (TV, Radios 1 and 2, and Online) and Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra)continued failure to discipline State broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has the potential to create instability and tension leading to the state of anarchy in the country especially as the nation approach the 2019 Tripartite elections.
The warning comes against the continued public outcry of government’s interference in the operations of MACRA and MBC.
However, in a questionnaire response to Nyasa Times, Munthali said that if the issue of MACRA and MBC’s selective justice and biasness is not resolved in good time it can in the near future fuel anarchy as we approach the highly emotive 2019 Tripartite elections.
“It is important that the media plays a crucial role in as far as civic education is concerned prior to and during the elections. However, at the same time the media can fuel violence through propaganda tailored messages that preach hatred rather than unity. This is where the role of MACRA and Malawi Electirol Commission (MEC) comes in ensuring that all media houses stick to ethical codes of conduct by ensuring fair and propaganda free messages during the election period.
”Regrettably, the tax-payer money run MBC has all along been immune to regulation by both MACRA and MEC during the electoral period when advancing hate and propaganda programs against critics of government like ‘Makiyolobasi’ and ‘Sapita Kawiri’ while private broadcasters have been extensively monitored and regulated by MACRA regardless of whether there is election or not. This case of selective justice if not checked may result in anarchy where some private broadcasters may decide to deliberately not adhere to the Communications Act by advancing partisan interest.” warned Munthali.
Munthali further wondered why it was becoming impossible for MACRA to discipline MBC despite the evidence of its continued breach of the law.
“We continue to see government sponsored activists, religious leaders, and traditional leaders being paraded on MBC to either attack government critics or stand in the way of proposed legislations or policies that would uplift the lives of Malawians and improve democratic governance in the country. All this has been happening under the watch of MACRA and in some cases MEC (when in relation to the electoral period).
“MBC’s behaviour has been contrary to Section 87(1) and 87(2) of the Communications Act and Section 63 of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act which mandate MBC to function without any political bias by ensuring equality and fairness in its coverage. Worse still, MBC has been acting in contempt of court of the 1999 High Court ruling which ordered it to comply with its legal duty as prescribed,” queried Munthali.
Reacting to MACRA’s summoning of Zodiak Broadcasting Corporation over a CSO-sponsored advert promo for 27 April demos, Munthali said the message in the promo was a true reflection of reality on the ground.
“Yes, the tone of the advert may be abit strong but when you listen to the message and issues raised in the advert they are surely a true reflection of the reality on the ground in as far as the political, socio-economic situation is concerned. Issues of alarming rates of youthful unemployment, University school fees hikes, poor salaries of civil servants including the Police, the dubious K4 Billion “miracle” fund, corruption are some of the key issues affecting Malawians at the moment. In fact, even if you listen to the description of the current regime as “boma ili ndi lozunza” (this is a torturing government) in reference to the issues raised in the advert and also the current worsening state of political and economic governance, one would think the Advert is being polite to the DPP government. If truth be told, the best phrases that would have been used to resonate well with the status quo would have been: ‘boma ili ndi lokupha! Boma ili ndilambava! Boma ili ndila makhuluku”, said Munthali
This is not for the first time for Zodiak to be airing messages which can bring anarchy in the country. And MACRA seems toothless when it comes to dealing with Zodiak. Bad precedent!
The writer is useless and foolish, further to that he is a demon
I think you are the one who is demon. you don’t want people to expose what Malawians are facing on the ground.
Inu ndiye achisilu azisilu zonse
Amalawi omwe anamwalira mu 1992 atadzuka lero kufikira kumvera MBC aona ngati Ziko linakali ndi Chipani Chimozitu.26 years later MBC is still in a One Party State.Let’s privatise that Institution. Why waste tax payers money on a Propaganda Institution in a Democracy?
Isn’t the so-called analyst a cousin of the organisers of the demosntrations. Enafe tikudabwatu.
Aaah, I heard he is a very close relation of one of the DPP beasts
You write trash
Selfish CSO leaders trying to distabalise our country.
Mbuzi ya mano kunsi iwe
Of course this JUST VINDICATES the fact that this DPP government is the worst regime post-multiparty era.
Even JB olo Tcheya kutali ndithu.
Look, there was ‘MAKIYOLOBASI’ during Bingu’s time JB stopped it. In fact DPP SAVAGES despite being in opposition were BACK on both MBC radio & TV.
Of course inarguably corruption started nthawi ya Tcheya koma got entrenched and worsened ndi DPP. Ministers becoming state tricksters and conmen, kumasunga ndalama zakuba muma bedroom, NEPOTISM-anthu using a tribe or district of origin pama CV to gain FAVOURS for promotion,
And now THUGS are propagating GENOCIDE.
SHAME on MBAVA!!!
MACRA = DPP = DPP = we the voters. Who will sanction who? Makhumbo Munthali, see, we are neither victims nor spectators……we are complicit in DPP’s behavior. We elected them into power so we are only getting what we deserve,
I thought mumati simumvera MBC, ndiye anarch kwa ndani..?Iwenso mtumbuka wotchedwa Munthali iwe machende ako, zimene amapanga Kasakula ndi Brian Banda pa Times zija sizoyambitsa anarchy?
Thats what we call it stupidness with your tribalist tangue…
Waste of sperms
Read about the Rwanda genocide. It was the radios that started it. This is a very bad advert. History will remember this. Actually, the UN Human Rights should investigate this. All civil wars start by targeting a group of people. Malawi, you don’t know what you are starting. It just shows how unread the so called governance expert is. Also show the Nyasatimes editorial team is unread.
You are right, and so called analyst yo akukanika kunena za Times bwa? daily Kasakula nd Brian amakhalira kutukwana boma, zimenezo sizingayambitse anarchy?
Times tv and radio amabwelesapo a DPP nthawi zone. Amabalansa.
MBC is the one imaonjeza man
Pretence will take you nowhere. UN Human Right has real issues to investigate. Don’t think what MBC is doing can not incite war. Possibly you are amongst the beasts stealing our taxes.
Are u talking about MBC propaganda or what? but not zodiak
MBC AZALENGEZA ZOSATIRA ZACHISANKHO ZABOZA KENAKO KULUMBILITSA USIKU