The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says it is not in control of state funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) after accusations that the tax payer funded radio and television are more of a ruling party propaganda machinery than a public broadcaster.
DPP publicity secretary Francis Katsaira , who is also Foreign Affairs Minister and leader of government in arliament, said to the contrary MBC has programmes tailored to suit the public not the ruling party.
“You can see than that they are more professional than ever before. Just two years ago they were used by a political party, not anymore,” said Kutsaira in reference to Peoples Party.
Of late, MBC has been attacking opposition leaders whilst glorifying the ruling party leaders. It usually covers the opposition for bad reasons very contrary to how they cover the ruling party elite.
The chairman of MBC is Moffat Banda, a die hard sympathizer of the ruling DPP whilst the director general is Aubrey Sumuleta, another die hard follower of the DPP.
There have been calls to reduce the powers of the President by puting MBC under the arm pits of parliament, calls President Peter Mutharika has quashed.
Katsaira said the ruling DPP has no control over the state MBC although the government has.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :