Malawi Daily Times editor sacked, Moya still in it

Malawi’s newspaper giant Times Media Group has fired Editor of its Daily Times, Dan Nyirenda.

Nyirenda has fallen victim in what the company calls restructuring and re-organising process.

Sources said Nyirenda received his letter informing him that his position is untenable at the daily paper on Tuesday.

Nyirenda declined to comment when reached by phone.

The newspaper insiders said Managing Editor Brian Ligomeka will now be in charge of Daily Times with assistants in the name of Charles Mpaka, Thom Khanje and Chris Kawanga.

Nyirenda: A prominent journalist who was editor of Daily Times sacked but with a good track record he is expected to be hired to rival Nation
Nyirenda: Editor of Daily Times sacked but with a good track record he is expected to be hired to rival Nation

Longest serving and most esteemed journalists Felix Mponda, Jack McBrams and Akwete Sande have all been axed.

Mponda was deputy editor for the Sunday Times and Sande was a sub editor. McBrams was editor for an entertainment supplement in Malawi News called Weekender.

Meanwhile, the company sources told Nyasa Times that Limbani Moya editor for Malawi News who was reportedly on the list to be fired is not leaving the company.

He has not been given any letter of dismissal.

“Limbani is still in it,” said the source.

But Otuli Munlo who was editor for a female supplement in Malawi News and Henry Mchazime, a Business Times reporter are all fired.

Managing director of the company Leonard Chikadya said he regretted that the company was forced to discontinue certain unprofitable lines and merge certain functions to remain afloat.

“Management is saddened that the restructuring process will entail loss of some of its dedicated members of staff,” reads the statement.

Rival Nations Publications Limited has not cut jobs in the newsroom and are likely to recruit some laid off from Times.

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