DPP defeats MCP over Times Group: Editor Banda suspended

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has infiltrated running of affairs at Malawi’s giant media house, The Times Group, widely seen to be controlled by the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Kandodo: Not laughing matter, Times Grouyp is under ‘state capture’

DPP influence on how the media house should be run started showing last week when top management suspended Sunday Times Editor Mabvuto Banda for stopping his reporter to go and interview people in Chiradzulu East constituency in a PR stunt to promote Cabinet minister Henry Mussa.

Times Group Managing Director Leonard Chikadya is said to have agreed with President Peter Mutharika and some of his communication aides to ‘go slow’ on DPP in the run up to elections in May in exchange of ‘good business’.

“Those who can see the signs, I am sure they have seen them now. This is not the Times Group we know and it is sad that things have gone down this way,” said a source at Times Group.

The source added that government  approached  Times Group  to twist results of the Cabinet assessments which  the media house carries at the begging of each year and are normally published in the Sunday Times in February every year.

“They believe that negative assessments of the performance of ministers will impact heavily on the DPP campaign in the elections and they are trying everything possible to have media house publish ‘fair’ assessments on the performance of the cabinet,” disclosed the Nyasa Times source.

“In fact to say it bluntly; DPP has now taken over Times Group,” declared the source.

Times Group was founded by the late President Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda and is now run by his family and some members are senior members of the opposition MCP.

Ken Kandodo, the late Kamuzu’s grand nephew is a senior member of the MCP while his sister Jane Dzanjalimodzi is a businesswoman now turned church pastor are said to be the major decision makers for the Times Group and other businesses left by the late  Kamuzu Banda.

 

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Kandawe
Kandawe
2 years ago

Nonsense

Arafat Hamdani
Arafat Hamdani
2 years ago

Double faced Chikadya has to go,,ndiyemweuja anaba ndalama za printing machines ,anakagula second hand useless printers that doesn’t work

Banda CZ
Banda CZ
2 years ago

Then change our minds as well
ife taumisamitima yathu pa anthu amenewa atikwana

Maduro
2 years ago

Mabvuto Banda, is journalism the only job you know. Why cant you move to other areas of the same communication industry? Look your wife is enjoying money in the UN, but you choose to die a journalist. Be aggressive with life man. Chikadya is double- faced and cannot be trusted. When he is desperate he sounds to be a very kind man, when he realises he will burn his fingers he looks for a sacrificial lamb. Ask Brian Banda, he once faced what has happened to you.

AGOGO CHIBODA
2 years ago

Times is not professional these days

Jephat Nundwe
Jephat Nundwe
2 years ago

Lets Agree That Things Can Change, Accept Change.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba Kuba K145 million

Hearsay. We thought there were facts on the ground. Pitala wadziwongera mkabula yekha. Muleken timuwona pa May pano ndi nkono wopuwalawo.

Aka
Aka
2 years ago

Whatever the case, Times has already opened minds of many Malawians by unbiased coverage. Times has done us a lot of good and now it is too late to cry . We know just a lot

Kaitano
Kaitano
2 years ago

What is it exactly are you trying to say here? Ife tikanva MCP timafuna kutsatila bwino zomwe zili nkati mwa MCP koma zilipanoso ndiye Kaya ziti Kaya! Hahahahahahahaha Malawi journals!

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