Malawi Institute of Journalism radio hit by resignations

Barely weeks after private owned MIJ radio expelled staff for taking part in a strike where they demanded better working conditions and pay hike, the radio has been hit by another severe blow following revelations that some of the remaining employees have thrown the towel.

The radio, according to various sources, is set to lose some of its top journalists and presenters who are reported to have been poached by yet to be launched Matindi radio.

Nyasa Timesunderstands  that veteran broadcasters Chikondi Mmanga, Aubrey Kusakala,Williams Gondwa and lecturer Fred Banda a lecturer at the training institution are among those that have already tendered their respective resignation letters.

Kusakala: Out of MIJ

Meanwhile, Kusakala, who hosts a popular gospel show program every Sunday, bid farewell to listeners through his Facebook page on September 16.

He however refused to grant any interview but told Nyasa Times he stands by his social media statement.

“Gospel Trumpeter live on MIJ FM! This is one of my last programs! A Final one will be hosted on 30 September! Will miss u guys… “ posted Kusakala on September 16.

The purported farewell attracted emotional comments from viewers who were eager to know the popular presenter’s next move.

On her part, MIJ station manager Roselyn Mankhambela refused to comment on the issue saying she is on maternity leave and referred this reporter to the executive director Dalitso Nkunika who cut his line phone the moment our reporter introduced the topic.

The radio has been sailing through troubled waters since the death of its former boss Jika Nkolokosa due to what employees attribute to incompetent and luxurious management.

Meanwhile, there are strong reports making rounds that most of the fired members of staff have found a new lease of life at the Matindi radio. They include Wonder Msiska, Joseph Mwale and Blessings Melo.

However, the reports could not be independently verified.

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