The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has asked the Daily Times Newspaper management to be independent and stop being mouthpiece of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in order to have good relationship with Malawians especially the ruling DPP family.
The development follows the two photos that the Daily Times newspaper carried on its front page of February 7 2018 under the headline ‘‘Sport the difference between the two groups’.
It depicted the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth who are painting their faces and bodies in party colours and main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) youth in berets in revolutionary red has triggered a debate on social media.
At political rallies, it is common to see a majority of youths painted from head to toe in sweltering heat, and sometimes drenched in rain, showing their unwavering support to party leaders.
Speaking on Wednesday during the ground breaking ceremony of Blantyre City by-pass road, DPP regional governor in the southern region Charles Mchacha reminded Times management that most of their copies are sold to government officials in their offices and DPP family.
Mchacha warned that if Daily Times continues to “insult” DPP they will deal with the publication including boycotting buying its copies.
“We can’t buy copies that insults us,” said Mchacha.
President Peter Mutharika, who graced the event, did not comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, the paper has apologised.