Veteran broadcaster and former Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) boss Patrick Khoza has taken charge of late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s Galaxy radio replacing Chikumbutso Mtumodzi, Nyasa Times has learnt.
Senior employees at the newly established radio station have confirmed the development.
The source confided to Nyasa Times, members of staff at the station were informed about the changes.
“I can confirm to you that Mr. Mtumodzi is no longer with us at Galaxy radio, we were told our new boss is Mr. Patrick Khoza,” said the source a former employee of MBC.
Mtumodzi, former press officer of late president Mutharika, is said to be given other assignments by the Mutharika family.
Meanwhile, another source who has found a new lease of life at the station after being relieved of his duties by MBC collaborated the story, adding: “Since we were hired some three months ago we have not yet received our monthly salaries, when we ask the management they have tell that they are structuring proper pay roll procedures and once that is done we would be given our arrears so we’re patiently waiting.”
Galaxy hired over 30 of some of the country’s renowned broadcasters among them Steve Liwewe Banda, Mbauo Chavula, Gerald Viola, Joshua Kambwiri all formerly of MBC.
Others like Patrick Malimelo and Kennedy Mkombwezi were ex- Capital Radio presenters while George Misinde was before joining Galaxy working as station manager at CFC radio.
Bingu was awarded two licenses for both radio and television by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra). This caused uproar as Malawians wondered why the communications regulatory body repudiated its own rules by awarding the two licenses to a politician.
If confirmed to be true Khoza’s hiring could be a turnaround strategy to professionalize the media empire as business entity and not political tool as it is being perceived by most Malawians.
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