BP&P boss cancels donation to Friends of Limbani over lawsuit

Malawi’s leading media group Blantyre Printing and Publishing (Times Group) Chief Executive Leonard Chikadya on Monday cancelled a K100, 000  cheque; a contribution towards an initiative to raise funds for one of its fired editors Limbani Moya who is battling with chronic kidney failure disease and needs a kidney transplant in India.

An accountant at the group told Nyasa Times  that Chikadya was annoyed with a an industrial dispute summons served on Times Group  for unfair dismissal by a re-known lawyer Lusungu  Gondwe of Ritz Attorneys  law firm which is representing   Moya, according to Industrial Relations Court documents case file number IRC 449 of 2014.

Times Group boss Leonard Chikadya:  Cancels donations to kidney failure journalist

Times Group boss Leonard Chikadya: Cancels donations to kidney failure journalist

“Some Times Group editors were in a committee of Friends of Limbani who are helping to raise K15 million for the kidney transplant. BP&P had drawn a K100 000 cheque, as its contribution. But before the cheque was presented to the committee chaired by MISA Malawi president Anthony Kasunda, summons, were served on the BP&P which angered the MD. He immediately ordered cancellation of the cheque and threatened editors to withdraw from the committee,” said the accountant.

Chikadya also banned coverage of any of the fundraising activities, including the teeing-off of a charity golf function to be graced by the country’s vice president Saulos Chilima on Friday, in any of the media house publications including Times Television, according to the accountant.

Lawyer and Company Secretary for Blantyre Print, Innocent Kalua confirmed having been served with the summons, but declined to comment on a matter which was in court.

Ironically, Limbani Moya was personally fired by Chikadya at a time when he was critically sick after returning from a South African Hospital.

He was fired along Daily Times Editor Daniel Nyirenda, Jack MacBrams ( Entertainment Editor)  Andrew Mfune  (Auditor),  Harrison Longwe( Business Development Manager) and  Allan Nyallo (Circulation Manager), who are all also suing the media house for unfair dismissal.

Chikadya, who is currently attending a month long  Broadcasting seminar in Holland, refused to comment, but he is well known for firing journalists willy-nilly since he became Chief Executive Officer at the late Dr. Kamuzu Banda’s media empire.

He has also sent on forced leave his right hand man Dr. Tikhala Chibwana after falling out over editorial policies.

Meanwhile, a member of the Friends of Limbani Committee confirmed that Nyasa Times  editorial director Thom Twee Chiumia has made a K150 000 cash donation of which K50 000 will go towards the cost of Limbani’s Dialysis treatment at Mwaiwathu Hospital.

Moya was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2012 and has been receiving treatment at various hospitals in Malawi and South Africa. The medical bill is about K15 million (US$36 407.8).

The initiative has raised so far K4 million from among others  from Mike Mlombwa’s Countrywide Car Hire has donated K1 million (US$2 427), K200, 000 from Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority.

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Lowole
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Mr Bonya, you are a failure in everything. How many jobs have you chanced? and how many many have you so far maintained. Iwe ndiwe Mtika Collins, an enemy for everybody. Leave our dear Karen alone, a hard worker and a man to trust. Inuyo basi zipangani chisembwere chanocho ku Mataifa. Collins Mtika, Nobody’s Friend!!!!!

Mfumu
Guest

IS A BAD PERSON MR CHIKADYA
Tsiku ndi tsiku nkhani kumangokhala yaiyu ask SUNBIRD Staff people are crying full, koditu pamene waponda mkulu ameneyu anthu amalira kwambiri ngati aliku Jehena.

MOYA
Guest

CHIKADYA IS A BAD PERSON, ASK SUNBIRD STAFF THEY ARE CRYNG, pamene paponda mkulu ameneyi anthu amalira ndi kukukuta mano ngati aliku Jehena/kapena kuti kumalokomwe anthu oipa azaotchedwe ndi moto osatha.

honeybee
Guest

So sad mpaka canceling donation,,, you have displayed your true, selfish, inner man mr bossy man. No matter how worse your friends become enemies you can withdraw what you gave them out of your friendship. What would you feel if you are Limbani? I know you are too blind to see that you close to the end of the road. Times and seasons do change when you are on one side of the coin don’t forget there is another side behind it.

The Eye Eye
Guest

WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR:

MALAWI NEEDS SPECIALIST HOSPITALS WELL EQuIPED AND STAFFED TO TREAT ITS PEOPLE RIGHT HERE and now!

chikankheni chimalizeni
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chikankheni chimalizeni
Chikadya!why that lack of humanity among your staff?Mr don’t think that just because you are an MD there,then you are who you are,untouchable,beyond everybody,the only think tank at Bp en p.Remember,even the founder himself used to tount for himself forever living,but ironically everything that has the begining has the end also,with the way u conduct yourself,i think its a ring for the dawn of your end.You are no more enduring than grass,yes grass withers and flowers fades when the creator sends wind blowing over them,can you be greater,than everybody,with that lack of true love for others?The spaces u are going… Read more »
Moya's Victim
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Chikadya waonjeza, is being inhumane here no matter what.
But I don’t and can’t sympathise with this sick fella. Many fell victims of his also inhumane approach with ka news kake ka friday kaja. Some articles were aimed at merely assassinate people’s characters. Lero mukufuna ife tomwe a pa bench kuti tikumenyeleni nkhondo pamene dzulo mumatimenya mmimba.
Anyway get well soon

Ex boyfriend wa Joyce Banda
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Ex boyfriend wa Joyce Banda

Mr Chikadya Bambo ake a Nancy , Apongozi ake a Joe Bisika. Munthu oyipa mtima ngati Mfiti yaikazi.

Palibe chabwino ndinamvapo cha munthu ameneyu.

Joe Uli pamavuto aise….ngati unatsata ndalama ndiye USOVENGE KA..

anijo
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Man you got serious issues against the family yeah!? Keep the family out of the decisions dad makes in his official duties.

Adrian Masanda
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A Nyamada No 27. Moya is one credible veteran journalist who is founding member of The Nation newspaper. Go to any Library and check the first volume of the bi-weekly nation in 1994. Do your home work before demonstrating your stupidity and ignorance here. Moya maintained himself on VIP Masm scheme even when Chikadya kicked out everyone from the company subsdized medical scheme. Chikadya maintained only himself and his concubine manager on company subvented VIP scheme. (Greed of the highest order). Moya has subsdized his own VIP scheme since 2000 and was fully entitled to foreign treatment, contrary to your… Read more »
Shiro
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It is typical of the Malawian CEO, mostly because Malawi is not a fair country, you have to be ruthless to get to the top. Most CEO’s are mafia with a degree, the nice guys end up in middle or lower corporate management. My CEO is nasty , I have just learnt to live with him, he is so petty, steals , keeps petty grudges, and will do anything , even hire thugs to kill you if he deems you a threat, especially CEO’s for Parastatals large Malawian owned companies. It is my dream to work for an international company.

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