Malawi experiences ‘broadcasting blackout’ as election result show stronghold for DPP. MCP held firmly

Earliest results of Malawi’s tripartite elections held Tuesday started trickling in dribs and drabs but were hampered by a connection problem on the part of some media houses who said they experienced a “fiber cable cut.”

Elderly transported to vote

The over three-hour cut raised suspicion on social media with some alleging the development was government’s deliberate move to frustrate independent media.

Only state-run radio Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Radio 1 was unfettered.

Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) radio was down in most of the southern and northern region before it returned on air in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Times TV also had intermittent broadcasting hurdles.

“The fiber link between Blantyre and Lilongwe has been cut. This has affected our Television transmission, we apologize for any inconvenience. We wait to be advised by Malawi Digital [Broadcasting Network Limited] on the restoration,” announced Mibawa TV on its official Facebook page.

A source confided in Nyasa Times that the occurrence was as a result of Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) five cable cut in five places across the country.

According to the source, the areas that were cut included:

Between Mzuzu and Songwe Border

Between Blantyre and Zomba

Between Lilongwe and Salima

Between Blantyre and Lilongwe

Between Blantyre and Thyolo

“The situation has affected the functionality of some radio stations. This explains why they can’t be on air right now,” said a source.

However, when the broadcasting resumed it showed that regional strongholds for DPP and MCP held firmly but new party UTM seems to integrate in the Central Region with UDF losing ground in the East.

President Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) continues to stamp authority in the southern region with the districts of Neno and Mulanje as example.

Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) continues to maintain his stint in the central region districts of Salima, Dowa and Dedza, among others.

UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima appears to register generous votes in most urban polling centers including Blantyre and Lilongwe—a district which had the most registered voters.

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JOSEPH CHAGOMELANA
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DPP OUT OF GORVERNMENT? I DOUBT, MAY BE 2029.

nyonyonyo
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nyonyonyo

chakwela leading

Truth Pains
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DPP is packing, the game is between MCP and UTM.
Watch the space, to cadets ready to pay back what you have been stealing from Malawians.

Nabetha
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Nabetha

How sweet is this power that they go to the extent of disabling a whole national broadcast!!

Kandulu
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Kandulu

It appears MCP has defeated DPP under 17 also known as UTM, the seniors are going down this evening. A new era is coming to Malawi.

true son of the North
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true son of the North

let wait, but currently thats good news

No name
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No name

Y 8 days…south Africa is the biggest country..but it did not take 8 whole days to announce the results?? Malawi smallest and poorest in Africa why taking such a long time?? What are they intending to achieve?? This is blackmail… Something somewhere is not ryt

Jef
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May be the $2million ballot printing bribe is working. Maybe.

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

Your MPs made the law. Don’t blame MEC

GDS
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GDS

I am afraid you didn’t get the message clearly; she said within 8 days, the Constitution gives her powers to hold results for not more than 8 days.