DPP launches campaign newspaper, The Sky

Malawi’s new publication hits the streets. The Sky Newspaper has been designed to propagate a campaign in support for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2014 torch bearer Peter Mutharika’s candidature.

The broadsheet newspaper, which has been published in South Africa, is being run by Noel Masangwi, a DPP regional governor for the south.

The maiden publication is leading with the main story “Muluzi snubs Ntafu, Jumbe over son”  which says former president Bakili Muluzi is not backing UDF acting president Friday Jumbe and Dr George Mtafu on leadership to propel his son Atupele, a lawmaker to be the party torchbearer in 2014 elections.

The other story on front page is headlined “More UDF controversy on Atupele” and inside pages there is a story on Joyce Banda headlined “UDF says Banda must quit or resign.”

Peter Mutharika: Sky Newspaper is his mouthpiece

The editorial team comprises reporters Emily Allen, Mariam Lapkeni and the editor is Ishmael Bwanali and deputy is Manse Kunkeyani.

Nyasa Times investigations revealed that Masangwi who, once, published several publications in support for President Bingu wa Mutharika and his administration including his wedding to Calista travelled to South Africa earlier this week for the printing of The Sky Newspaper.

“This paper is purely designed to support and promote Peter’s candidature. It is something that has received a blessing of both Peter and President Mutharika as well,” commented one of our sources within government.

According to the source who is also a close associate to Masangwi, the paper is one of the strategies by DPP aimed at building Peter’s image apart from the public broadcasters, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) radio and television stations that have already intensified his  campaign .

“It’s not 2014 yet, but based on what is happening on the political arena, it was well thought to come up with a publication that will enhance Peter’s image while informing and entertaining the nation.

“The paper is also designed to fill the gap the already existing publications are creating by feeding the nation with imbalanced stories,” the source added.

The Sky Newspaper will start as a weekly paper before rolling into daily paper.

The coming in of The Sky Newspaper will join other weekly publications on the streets that are in support of Mutharika’s administration and his brother’s candidature, which include The Guardian and Malawi Mail published by Ministry of Information.

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