Dausi orders MBC to end political favoritism, open to all political parties

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi has ordered the tax-payers’ funded institution, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to start covering all political parties and put to end its political favoritism.

Dausi (L) cuts the ribbon assisted by MBC board chairperson Reverend Billy Gama (R) as Sumbuleta looks

MBC has been criticized by various commentators including Public Affairs Committee (PAC) for giving the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) more coverage on its radio and television channels while blacklisting all other opposition political groupings.

ButDausi, who is also official government spokesperson and top DPP official, warned MBC top management that they have obligation to open its doors even to those that do not agree with the policies of the government of the day.

Dausi said this at MBC Broadcasting House in Blantyre when he officially opened the refurbished and constructed facilities that included reception, lounge, disability-path and the reporting office.

The refurbishment which has taken MBC close to six months to finish was financed with funds generated within the institution.

Dausi said: “Currently, Malawi has about 58 registered political parties and, as a public broadcaster, MBC must ensure it saves all of them.”

On the structures, Dausi added: “The initiative by MBC management is very commendable; the structures now are disability friendly. This is what our President has always been propagating that we must engage ourselves in hard work, integrity and patriotism. Hard work entails that people must have innovative ideas, how best we can take care of the structures we found which MBC has done.”

The Minister also took time to congratulate MBC staff who won awards during this year’s MISA Malawi Annual General Meeting.

In his remarks, Board Chair of MBC Rev. Dr. Billy Gama said the Corporation is geared to make working environment friendly to its members of staff.

“Looking up to donors for support all the time cannot develop our country, all these developments have happened using our own resources, as MBC we are doing our best to achieve a lot. I am so excited, this is the sign of patriotism and hard work which the President is championing,” he said, disclosing that the Corporation motivates its members of staff among others by increasing their salaries.

MBC director general Aubrey Sumbuleta said the institution embarked on the refurbishments to provide a conducive environment to both staff and visitors.

The MBC was established in 1964 by an Act of Parliament as a Parastatal. The aim of the Corporation is to inform, educate and entertain through objective, professional and independent programming.

According to Communications Act section 87(2)(a), MBC shall, in the provision of its public broadcasting services, function without any political bias and independently of any person or body of persons.

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4 years ago

MCP is just waiting for your official announcement that you’re coming back home…

mathews malata
4 years ago

firstly let me thank bwana Dausi for the good refrection, ,,now my question is kodi akapitiliza kupanga nkhalidwe wantopola omwe unaliko kalewu omangokondela boma lolamula ife anthu amene timapeleka ndalama zoyendetsela wailesiyi tidzatani

4 years ago
Reply to  mathews malata

Good question

4 years ago

Politics at its best. Do u think Malawians are fools? We pretty know that the motive is beam rallies by Msowoya, Kabwira and Kaliwo with an aim of destroying Our dear president Dr. Chakwera. To prove me wrong let’s be together ku Nkhotakota this weekend where our president will be holding a rally for a live coverage.

4 years ago

Ndithudi uyo angoyesa ku MBC kuchita zimene Nick akunena apazi zake zimenezo………………………………….!! Sincerely his rhetoric have no truth…………………………………!! He just wants to see those MBC guys who are close to opposition!! Don’t try it mupsya zala………………………………………..!!

Cash Gate
4 years ago

Zowona zake ndi zimenezi osati kumayambanitsa anthu amzipani makamaka mumakonda a chipani cha mcp kulimbikitsa udani

4 years ago
Reply to  Cash Gate

eeeeee muchenjele nayo munthu uyu , Dausi ndi DPP. Akutolani mkamwa muona zimene zitachitike ngati zimene zizinenedwa pamenepo zizikhala zanzeru . Akufuna aziyikapo anthu awo ngati ndi azipani zina . Muzandivomeleza sipapita nthawi. NDALAMA ZIGWILA NTCHITO

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