Chakwera plans White House-style televised press briefings: State House to open for public access, photo-op

President Lazarus Chakwera is planning to introduce weekly televised press briefings to be officially launched on September 7, it has emerged.

President Chakwera: New approach to introduce a culture of transparency and openness to State House

The new format, similar to that used by the White House in the United States, is expected to come in Mondays.

Presidential press secretary Brian Banda said the question-and-answer sessions would not be hosted by the Head of State but his directorate of communication headed by president’s spin doctor Sean Kampondeni and the press office teams which include Martha Chikuni.

But Banda said “once in a while”, President Chakwera will be making himself available to take the grilling from journalists.

Banda, a former maverick broadcaster, also disclosed that State House will launch an annual correspondents’ dinner to be hosted during the commemoration week of World Press Freedom Day.

President Chakwera and First Lady Monica Chakwera will also be hosting media managers and owners to either luncheon or dinner to discuss matter of national interest.

Meanwhile, Banda disclosed that President Chakwera wants the general public to have part of State House where people can visit for sightseeing and photo opportunities.

He said this happens at White House and Buckingham palace in Britain.

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Concerned parentarrest
Concerned parentarrest
9 months ago

Stop wasting taxpayers money. We didn’t vote Sean for president. Stop taking us as fools..Why press conference? To show off your accent?

The sniper.
The sniper.
9 months ago

Kikkkkkkk zanu izo! Munva mmimba, imeneyo ndiyo ija munkati Nyekhwe! Bwana President at every week it’s not good, if it was at least 2 times a week hahahaha it would be so nice sir, kuti okwiyawa okwiye kwambiri.

Joseph Banda
Joseph Banda
9 months ago

Bwana President, anthu asamangoti good idea. AT WHAT COST? America can afford such Luxuries we cannot. Please just go and construct a clinic at Mtandile etc. How many people will see these open press conferences. Every day re visit the Manifesto, no open press conferences. Ministers are visiting already constructed buildings only to condemn. Yes but why can’t you construct a model one and then condemn the ill built ones.

FEW GOOD MEN
FEW GOOD MEN
9 months ago

EAGERLY WAITING FOR MK15,000.00 FROM MY TAX

Tonse viewers
Tonse viewers
9 months ago

Achakwera itanitsa madzi kachitukuko kaonekeko muchedwa nazo izi mzanu Peter munthali anaika madzi all the way from mulanje Inu pangani follow lamulo you will loose 2026

James Banda
James Banda
9 months ago
Reply to  Tonse viewers

Few months into office, budget session coming in September and people are expecting the government to implement project within these few weeks. Shallow thinking. Let us wait what is contained in the budget.

Medson
Medson
9 months ago

This development is not on campaign manifesto.
Talking simple things,I would love to hear that fuel passport,gone down,more over our university learner’s have affordable means of their education.
This White House style is expensive and dangerous.

Tizanka
Tizanka
9 months ago

I agree, the missing ingredient in Making Malawian lives better are photo ops and press conferences, apa tatukuka basi.

FEW GOOD MEN
FEW GOOD MEN
9 months ago
Reply to  Tizanka

kkkkkkkk what a funny comment. Negative comment inside a Positive envelope

Justice for all
Justice for all
9 months ago

That’s good idea Mr president

Kangaroo
Kangaroo
9 months ago

Sitingampezenso onga ameyu. Tonsefe ndi a Bakili Komanso a pitala, a Dausi, a Mtaba, a Nankhumwa azikadya nawo ku state house. Kkkkkk

Ntondo
Ntondo
9 months ago

Great development, dziko ndila a Malawi ili.

Ngodya zinayi Nokha Alliance
Ngodya zinayi Nokha Alliance
9 months ago

people’s lives will be transformed tremendously by virtue of these weekly press briefings. I can forsee the million jobs dream being realized in no time

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