DPP incompetence so telling,  says Kasakula: ‘Malawi needs a leader like Tanzania’s Magufuli’

The incompetence of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government is so telling that it can be felt, Times Group Editor-In-Chief  George Kasakula has declared on the popular ‘Hot Current programme on Times Television and Times Radio.

Kasakula: DPP incompetence is staggering

Brian Banda and George Kasakura: Hot Current presenters on Times TV

In a programme monitored by Nyasa Times on Friday through Times Radio online streaming, Kasakula,  who is one of DPP-led government’s  most acerbic critics,  heaped blame on the  Peter Mutharika administration for the socio-economic woes facing the country.

“The incompetence of the DPP government is so telling , it can be felt. It can be touched. Actually it can be cut with a knife,” said Kasakula.

“There is nothing good  [President] Mutharika is doing. What is it that has changed in this country. It’s business as usual,” the media guru added.

He went on to say Malawi need a person of action in power like Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli.

“We need the kind of leadership like Magufuli. We needs a leader that sees things and get worried,” he said.

He accused  Mutharika of inaction when the country lost about 18 people in aroad carnage last week,

But when program host, marverick Brian Banda put to Kasakula that the Head of State issued a statement of condolences, the Editor-In-Chief said the Malawi leader should have been on the ground to visist the victims and console the bereaved families.

Kasakula also rapped tax-funded  Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), saying it is on the dangerous path.

“MBC does not practice journalism, what they are  doing  is propaganda,” pointed out Kasakula, a Masters Degree graduate in International Journalism from University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

He said MBC workers  are  “propping up a regime that has let down Malawians.”

Commenting on  the apology offered by Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu to Archbishop Thomas Msusa of the  Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Blantyre following his complaint MBC was using his quotations out of context, Kasakula said  it is not too let  to apoligise to the nation.

“They apologized to the bishop but they should apologize to all Malawians,” said Kasakula.

His Grace Msusa’s quotation is carried in a promo which MBC runs on its television station about PresidentMutharika’s appeal to partners on developmental projects.

Msusa said MBC was misrepresenting his statement to portray that he was in support of everything that the President and his administration were doing.

Kasakula said the Bishop was right to be angry.

Put to him by Brian Banda that Justice Minister Tembenu told the programme last week that Times were also attacking the regime.

But Kasakula said they were giving  balanced views including inviting Tembenu himself to the programme and government spokesman Nicholous Dausi to give his verbose.

In his sweeping statement, Kasakula said: “DPP incompetence is staggering . This is very, very incompetent government. They can’t do simple things like paying teachers salaries and leave grants.”

He continued: “We have a government that is incompetent, we have a President who is incompetent. We Malawians must get worried our affairs are not in safe hands.”

Hot Current program is showing brave and substantive journalistic endeavours (often at great personal risk) and discussing matters of current which are hitting headlines, taking government into task on accountability and corruption.

Kasakula is also attracting wrath of those wielding power recklessly, even criminally, with complete impunity and unaccountability as he is putting them on spot with his no holds barred critique.

The  program is also shared on YouTube.

Kasakura , who is also columnist in Malawi News,  argued that nepotism looks like the government norm.

He urged Malawians not to let mediocrity take charge.

Malawi government spokesman Nicholous Dausi is on record saying the  discussions on ‘Hot Current’ Times TV program are “unnecessary irritation”.

He said Kasakura seemed almost emotional in his contributions.

But Times are proving that they aren’t the kind of journalists that go around repeating what the government has said, they are demonstrating the media practitioners  that believe the way you hold power accountable is by reporting what the truth actually is.

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41 thoughts on “DPP incompetence so telling,  says Kasakula: ‘Malawi needs a leader like Tanzania’s Magufuli’”

  1. Muzanga says:

    Mutharika to be on the ground to offer condolences???? Really? What work then dos his Minister do? Iye Kasakula yo I thought his job is in the newsroom anapezekako mumisewu tsiku lina akusaka news kapena he sends his reporters and assistants to pick the news for him. This guy (Kasakula) is an MCP activist masked as a Journalist. He is doing the bidding for MCP and not try to hold government to account as he claims. He should do the needful – resign from Daily Times and join politics. Timulandila ndimanja awili and we will give the very dose if not more of the medicine we gave to his master Chakwera. Stop hiding kunyuziko cholinga uziti boma is persecuting media.

  2. Cheyo Muyata says:

    The constitutions of Malawi & Tanzania are very different. actually Malawian’s is focused on reducing Presidential powers. So how should someone expect a Malawian President to act in an authoritarian manner? Honestly, the comparison is based on an opinion not facts. JUST CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION – GIVE THE PRESIDENT POWERS AND SEE WHAT A MALAWIAN PRESIDENT CAN DO.

  3. Gwaladi says:

    HOT CURRENT kuti tchweeeee tyatu DPP yatyatuka kkkkkkk!!!!! Hot current is just too hot for DPP abibidwa atopa. Go swim in Lake Malawi you DPP imbeciles because HOT CURRENT is here to stay and we love it mcwaaaa. Pambeli Brian, pambeli Kasakula you guys rock. True journalists osati za propaganda za Mgeme Kalirani – journalist my foot!!!!! What kind of journalist who is now busy with a diploma at pentecostal yet akuti ndi press officer hahahaha DPP you are so shameless! Gerald Viola nkukhala Journalist? Brian Banda anamuliza mpaka ntchito kutha kkkkkk and DPP is busy employing such mediocre self acclaimed journalists.

  4. Gutete says:

    I didnt read the article, came straight to the comments. Brian Banda anakatamuka and was busy chewing nthawi ya JB, he was about to open his own radio and TV station with cashgate spinsorship when PP was pummeled out!

    George Kasakula was promised information ministership under MCP.

    So as you can see these are aggrieved people who only came together in defeat to fight a common enemy who derailed their plans.

    Of course DPP is making its blunders but the way these two losers are coming at it is evident that its about more than lesdership. The loss of PP and MCP meant the loss of a promised paradised which led to their pathological hatred for Mutharika and his government.

  5. winston msowoya says:

    Kasaula,well thought narration!!!! Since independence in Tanzania some 56 ears ago,Tanzanias have been led by leaders from the minority tribes hitherto.Their elections have been peacefully organised and there have been no irregularities or spilling of blood.The President late Kambarage Nyerere,came from the very tiny minority,the Zanakis in North Tanzania.The last President,Mr.Kikwete,also came from the very small minority tribe,the Zalamus from Dar es salaam-Bagamoyo Regions.No one has been elected from big majority tribes like,Chaga,Haya,Nyakyusa,Nyamwezi,Zigua the list goes on.It is therefore melonchally to see that Malawi a very small country with 3 regions and 16million people equivalent to Tanga region.has been engaged in tribalistically oriented politics since independence and this has been orchestrated strongly by leaders from the two regions South and Central who carry the majority of the voters,but intelligently dull.This is one thing that has treacherously slowed down the progress of the national economy for 53 years.Tribalism is not hidden in Malawi,is part of politics initiated by the majolity tribes in the country and most of then with tragically wretched education.Write now,if you happen to visit Manchester City in the UK,you will find that the majority highly qualified,are Norhernerners working in different fields while back home,the government employs expatriates from abroad and painfully,some of these workers do not meet the required creteria and are paid in foreign currency,while the government could pay a Northerner in domestic currency.In short Mr.Kasakula,Malawi has strong man power,but due to brutal and selected tribalism,Malawi lags behind in everything so,Mr.kasaula,the problem is the senseless and tragic tribalism which has been imposed on one tribe and that is the HATED NORTHERNERS who are bright and hardworking that made the darlings of the colonial administrations.Wish you all the best,but the Northerners by the power of our God the Almighty,will continue to survive brilliantly!!!!!!

  6. Things were wrong from independent Day. First came muchona Kamuzu Banda to rule Malawi. Banda did not fight for freedom. Actually it was Chipembere and others. Banda together with Jomo Kenyatta was sent by british to come to Africa to rule. Malawi has been ruled by michonas NO idea of how the people of Malawi think. I dont see anyone or any political party good enough to take Malawi forward. At least things Are moving forward in TZ under new president.

  7. Zoona says:

    A coin has two sides; as such, chilungamo chimakoma kwa ena ndipo chimawawa kwa matsotsi kkkkkk

  8. nkhongobwito says:

    Mungosamuka mukakhale kwamagufuliko peter ndi peter bax

  9. Candice says:

    Bring magufuli like and shut off people like you. Shut off opposition until next elections. No injunctions in 5 years. Are you ready?

  10. Nkhwiri inokwa says:

    If Malawi is to develop we need men like these,, keep it up guys ajijo and brian, only strong men can give real checks and balances,,, but awa akwiya nanuwa musawadabwe ndi a DPP amenewa amadyela limodzi misonkho yathu amenenewa msonkho mpakana pa mpani wa mbewa abale DPP shaa

  11. The facts are correct, but the conclusion is wrong. Kasakula is so elitist he can only think in “leaders”. It is not incompetence, it is a rotten sstem of incentives, that produces this type of non-policy. Policies are only developed to facilitate corruption, kick-backs allownces and such, and not to achieve stated objectives. If you follow this logic, every step made by DPP, or other ruling party makes sense. So replacing DPP with another party does not help. Under PP and UDF we had similar problems. ONly the problems are mounting because the donors are fed up seeing their aid money stolen by the rich. So there is less to divide, and the rulers are pushing the burden down to the powerless: us. We do not need another powerful leader, we need less top-down power, and more bottom-up power. All top-down power corrupts, another leader will also be corrupted. The only way to check the system is from the bottom up. And that may be the streets.

  12. Kwelepeta says:

    Akasakula, and your poor like Mouse Co- Presenter Brian Banda whatever that name means is that we are tired of your stupid programs!!! Brian Banda can not even afford a meal at Pamudzi Restaurant in Blantyre with his hand washed Jaket!!! George you better put your personal house in order for the deceased family!!! you Know what I mean. Which Rest House have you not hit in town!!! Ngati DPP owes you something just issue an invoice and we will pay out!!! We are tired of your stupid attacks on innocent People who are doing their best to put thing right. With your Program can you justify why the Murderous murdered the Three cabinet Ministers in Mwanza and the list is endless!!! Can you tell the nation where Kamuzu got the money to build all the properties in Blantyre and Lilongwe!!! Whatever you can do gives us energy to support the Mighty DPP !!! Come whatever may , you will still be in the opposition. Anzanu anzeru akuthawa ku Thaimusi konko koma inu kakakaka!!!! kudya ngati galu wa chiwewe ku Pamudzi Resturant!!! Stupid!!!

  13. KUCHITHEKETE says:


  14. mmc says:

    Mugufuli is almost a Dictator. Are u sure we need another Dictator. The IMF program is suspend with Magufuli in charge. Remember how Mr Kasakula and Brian castigated Bingu for IMF suspension? Now he praises Magufuli…What is that? Is he really top notch Journalist or Chief MCP propaganda officer

  15. JEBRA says:

    bwampini pawulendo tione zina

  16. Saulos says:

    George kasakula my former English teacher at viphya secondary school in mzuzu, I salute you for making sure every Malawian enjoys his/her citizenship not only one tribe. The DPP is in for it’s own creation.why did they rig the elections in the first place?Malawi is too heavy for them to carry,give it someone who will govern properly

  17. Tiyanjane says:

    Times TV and zodiak TV were off yesterday in Mzuzu. I was not happy. So I was forced to watch CNN, BBC and France 24 all day. Get my point?

  18. Kamkwasi Mgundo says:

    Brian Banda should be applauded for moderating this discussion in a fair manner. He raised pertinent issues. He was fair and balanced. He asked Kasakula good questions.

    Let us applaud when things have gone well. Bravo Brian, you are maturing with age. My only worry is do not allow these DPP gurus entice you with a job. Times TV look after this Banda. He shines the Times brand.

  19. DPP mbava says:

    Bwana Kasakula is well trained if DPP was doing good he would say it. Koma awawa a Peter Mutharika palibe chilipo. Useless president ever lived in Malawi.

  20. Mhesha says:

    The MCP propagandist!!! Who does not know you? From the word GO, you have been attacking DPP and its Presidents while heaping praise and campaigning for MCP and its leadership… but ALAS…never one any national elections….
    You will remain like that George! By the way, why can’t you open your own media house…?.becoz that is what brilliant minds do instead of being a bootlicker of your paymasters.

  21. Atate says:

    Kasakura is a hypocrite and only dunderheads believe what he vomits. What he says about government or DPP, is it not propaganda as well? So a good President should have been on the ground to visiting the victims of road accidents and consoling the bereaved families? Would you not say he is wasting tax payer’s money on assignments he could just delegate a Minister? Kasakura is indeed a hypocrite.

  22. Onkhoma says:

    MBC uses tax payers money while Times Group does not. See the difference bwana Mike Mulumbe. It is not a DPP radio. Koma ndiyetu mwabalalika guys.

  23. alex nyalapa says:

    Kasakula that’s true. Those who hate you they don’t know what they are talking about. It is indeed pandemonium to have Mutharika as president. I can run this country and change things in six month. Here is my strategy you Malawians’ after inauguration all directors of of ministries, private sectors, be under investigation for three months, MRA hiring of private company headed by White people, close ACB and suspend all staff, Close MEC audit it from 1994. After that if probe report is out all thieves grab all their property. Tho is just part of plan beyond Magufuli. One day things will change in Malawi. God is watching

    1. chimaliro says:

      Anthu away ndi obalalika, from the 1st day atawadzidzimutsa kuti awina. Ndipotu akadasewera bawoyo coz they are not serious. Ndiobalalika kooopsy!!! They don’t have ownership and love for this country. Kumangopanga monga waganyu basi. koma yah!

  24. lopee says:

    You seriously want a leader like Magufuli? Do you know that noisy media houses like you are being silenced publicly in the Taifaland? You are busy enjoying freedom of the press with your media propaganda. The clock is ticking, We will see how you will act when you test the mantle of political power come 2019 if at all your opportunistic leader Chakwera takes up leadership. Ask Brian what happens, actually he changed completely during amayis time when chiBuns chikukoma. Easy to see the speck in your colleagues eye but miss your own. As for Magufuli, grass is always greener on the neighbors’ pasture…

    1. muuni says:

      If ur okay with the DPP regime, share with us, whats good that youre enjoying as a citizen?

  25. MANYI says:

    peter is/was not
    ready to be a

    Some people just are
    just using him like

    1. muuni says:

      Ulibe mfuneo iwe, be objective simalo otukwanila awa…kodi a Nyasa why do u post ma text a anthu osowa chochita instead of facilitating objective views…dont fall under a trap of bitter and unremorseful people..love Malawi

  26. Dungulinya says:

    Nawoni achachanda amenewa..Dpp ili mmadzi. imayenda mbali. The failed party should not be given any chance.Anyamata awiriwa amatiimilira.Inu mumati asayankhule zinthu zikulakwika.Yanu ija amalawi yolilira kumbali.Dpp has totally failed malawians in sectors.We can’t wait to chuck it off in 2019.

  27. Mkhomkhola says:

    Iwe kasakula ukuchuluka nzeru apa eti iwe sakumakudandaula ku ntchito kwako ukngowapondeleza ma journalist kumachita edit nkhani kuti zizikomera ma bwana ako kumipandoko ati , kodi iweyo nkhani zako pa nyasa times pa zonse kodi anthu simukumawelenga kodi , tabrowser ni nkhani zake munthuyi , mbava yotha nchito iyi , galu iwe , ukuchitapo chani pakudandaula kwa a ntchito ako kuntchito kwako mbuzi !!!!!

    1. Kondi chizungu chimukanikani? Azanu amalemba pa chizungu kulangisa anapita KU suklu

  28. MBC is a rotten media house full of useless people who can not reason on their own they work through remote.

  29. chatonda Mvula says:

    MISA Malawi chapter must give awards to people like Kasakuala. He is the brain behind professional journalism in Malawi which has never happened before. Malawi is now on the path to professional journalism, and I hope one day MBC will change too because they have to learn from Kasakula and Times Group

  30. Pablo says:

    George Kasakula is the man. He doesn’t accept Mediocrity. HOT CURRENT IS REALLY VERY HOT!!!!!!!!! U Need to have ice blocks, cold water, fire Extinguisher pafupi otherwise u will get burnt. kkkkkkkk.

  31. Angry and Jealousy Kasakula says:

    Mr Kasakula,
    Your alternative Mr Chakwera is not any closer equivalent of Magufuli. He is docile and indecisive all the time.
    He is failling to bring unity to a political party that is only in the central region where you come from.
    How will he handle national affairs.
    You are too bitter, Please calm down.

  32. Pido says:

    Kasakula is on point! Actually he speaks for me! When will Malawi have a ‘leader’ in Magufuli’s shoes?

  33. ndondwa says:

    Times Group, Brian Banda & George Kasakula keep it up these DPP should really feel the pitch of mismanagement of this country amalitenga dzikoli ngati la a Lomwe okha okha eti kumangotibera ndalama zathu zamisonkho basi

  34. Zoona times ikuchita bwino kwambiri chokha chowabweletsa anthu a Dpp ngati dausi,kasaila,tembenu ndi ena kubwela ndi maganizo awo ndie kulikonda dziko la Malawi zomwe sizimachtika pa mbc.

  35. Mpoloni says:

    It might not be pleasant to hear. But this guy has a point. Am not so pleased with how this country is being led. I voted DPP but… Pathetic..

  36. Bwana Kasakula, it seems you have solutions for this country. Mukuoneka kuti muli ndi nzeru ndithu. Bwanji inuyo mudzangoima u president 2019 kuti mudzachite zomwe mumanenazo

  37. mike mulumbe says:

    A Kasakula if MBC does not practice Journalism but propaganda what do you practice with Abusa in that program? is it not the same propaganda? your time will soon come since Afrobarometer survey favours your candidate we will see how that program which was specifically taylored to damage the image of the ruling party will survive. how you will also become a boot leacker then when you will be singing all praise for your favourite candidate who to me seems incompetent and has dictatorial tendancies. good day onyata o chakwera

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