MACRA brass divided over bankrolling DPP’s propaganda tabloid: Laptops given to The Globe

In another typical old-habits-die-hard situation, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials are milking Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to fight political opponents through propaganda machinery, Nyasa Times has established.

Itaye:Macra bankr\olling DPP propaganda machinery

Itaye:Macra bankrolling DPP propaganda machinery

Macra Director General Godfrey Itaye, a close ally to Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa, has been channelling out  money from the regulator  to The Globe, a propaganda tabloid for  DPP officials Nankhumwa, Henry Mussa and Noel Masangwi aimed to fight opposition politicians and smear the country’s Vice President, Saulos Chilima.

Information coming out from MACRA has indicated that apart from monetary support, MACRA has also donated five laptops worthy millions to the Globe publication which have been given to the members of staff.

As if that is not enough, MACRA is also footing rental bills for the tabloid Globe at Area 3, in Lilongwe just opposite Baobab Heath Trust.

MACRA top officials and other staff are said to be divided over this arrangement.

Two teams have emerged, one being lead by Itaye u in support of bankrolling the Globe using money meant for poor Malawians while the other group is being lead by Bisika and they are against what Itaye and Nankhumwa are doing.

All the money and donations going to the Globe under the instructions of Itaye are being done without the approval of the board members.

The Globe has so far made two publications which have sold to over 3,000 readers and a third edition is anticipated this weekend.

In a related development, On 7th November, 2015 using phone number 099956957, Nankhumwa pressured MACRA officials to release 20 million kwacha as donation towards the Lomwe annual event.

The money in question was electronically transffered and cashed on a Saturday at 7:30am at National Bank, Victoria Avenue Branch by Mayeso Edson Chipyoza who happens to be a nephew to  Nankhumwa.

Nankhumwa also started another propaganda publication, Eye Witness which folded.

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Zagwa Zatha

Kani ndichifukwa chake mwaika msonkho pa bread ndicholinga choti ndalamazo MRA ikatolera muziba in Macra way. Please inu a Opposition ngati simukuba nao panopa then take a leading role pofufuza nkhaniyi ndipo chilungamo chidziwike. Tatopa ndikuberedwa a Malawi. Mfufuzeni Itaye ndi Nakhumwa and if Peter is here to fight corruption, suspend the named thieves so that a Malawi tikukhulupilireni.

Nankhumwa and Itaye will pay for this after 2019. Don’t think you are hiding. And don’t say it is political. What you are doing is criminal. Don’t say you are not warned. I urge all those with these criminal records to keep them as evidence. These DPP guys HAVE NO SHAME.


A Nyapapi musalimbane ndi DPP si saizi yanu. Tabangopangani zanu. Nthawi ija mzimai wa maloko mmene amaonongera zinthu munkati msiyeni ndi nthawi yake. Then someone praises Bisika and villifies Itaye. Who doesn’t know that the Bisikas are JB babiesfrom ZA? Just a question to one Gogodasi?

It tells why Bisika and Itaye are divided. Bisika got the job on merit when he applied for itand went through the interview while the other one anangotola, so what do you expect him to do? As a small Accounts Officer at Malwi Posts Corporation to unexpectedly move the ladder to become the Director General at MACRA, do you think he has what it takes to be one? There is no way he can say no to nonsense from politicians and offer professional advice as is supposed to be the case – he is there to dance to the tune… Read more »

Dziko liri manja mwa Agalu ili

So come 2019 You start accuse Chakwera that the people arrested for cash gating money meant for poor that the arrest are political motivated. Where is Peter Mutharika why silent on such criminal activities of theft by a minister. You are also a thief that is why u stole our votes. This minister if it was Kamuzu could have been fired instantly without delay. But DPP all are thieves(Lhomwes) not all but 60% are thieves. Chakwera is coming to clean up nyasi zanuzo don’t run away from the country come 2019 like we see now. First thing will be to… Read more »

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