State House Director of Communications, Dr. Bright Molande, is said to be the mastermind of a destructive propaganda campaign against Police Inspector General (IG) Dr. Lexen Kachama and Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima in a sure drive to destroy the two top government officials’ image and careers, Nyasa Times can reveal.
Lately, there have been published stories depicting Kachama as a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) sympathizer and that he aspires to stand on the party’s ticket in the 2019 parliamentary race.
Last week Molande and his team ‘photoshopped’ Kachama’s wife into a picture where MCP supporters in Lumbadzi were welcoming former cabinet minister Halima Daudi into the party.
The picture made rounds on social media in the process making some people believe that the IG is indeed an MCP plant in the law enforcement service.
It is not clear why Molande is targeting the IG, but the sources claimed he wants to force the IG to resign on morality grounds and then he can ‘nominate’ his favourite replacement – Duncan Mwapasa .
According to impeccable sources, Molande has also waged a victimization campaign against Dr. Chilima, directing Ministry of Information and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) officials to give the VP news ‘blackout’.
A top official at the VP’s office have confirmed that every time government-owned news agencies carried out stories about the Veep, Molande could lash out at Ministry of Information Principal Secretary, Justin Saidi, instructing him to order his ‘boys’ at Ministry of Information to retract the stories.
“Chilima has for a long time been denied coverage and publicity on all government-owned platforms including state-run MBC. However, things have changed after President Arthur Peter Mutharika got wind of the developments and ordered Molande to end his evil schemes forthwith or face the chop,” she said, preferring anonymity.
Another source at State House claimed that Molande has been scheming to backstab officials close to President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and First Lady at State House in his bid to be relevant.
“Immediately he arrived at State House, he dismantled the whole communications team and replaced them with his boys who he uses to victimize others through weird policy decisions,” he said, adding that Molande personally hired seasoned journalist Charles Mpaka from Times Group where he was the chief reporter to become his assistant at State House and is said to be in-charge of the propaganda tabloid The Globe newspaper.
Meanwhile, the reversal of policy by APM on Chilima has left Molande in a quagmire as he is unsure he would survive in his job at State House, according to the State House source.
“Obviously the President was furious when he heard about news blackout on his vice perpetrated by a mere Communication Director. The worst may still come,” he said, without elaborating.
According to Molande’s colleagues at Chancellor College where he worked as senior lecturer in English department, he boasts that President Mutharika cannot make any decision without his input.
Molande could not pick phone calls when Nyasa Times attempted to seek his comment.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :