Malawi media giant Times to change format on Cabinet assessment after an uproar

Malawi media giant Times Group is moving swiftly to change its format on cabinet assessment following an uproar over its newspaper assessment which was published in Sunday Times.

Chikadya: A multidisciplinary Think Tank to assist next time

Writing in a WhatsApp group, Times Group managing director Leonard Chikadya said next time the media house would engage experts and civil society groups to help in making the Cabinet assessment.

“As this exercise attract public interest including those being assessed, I have given guidance to the Editor-in-Chief  [George Kasakula] to establish a multidisciplinary Think Tank including civil society such as The Law Society, ICAM etc to assist,” says Chikadya.

Malawians took up in various social media platforms to express dissatisfaction over the cabinet assessment which awarded president Lazarus Chakwera 70 percent, vice president Saulos Chilima 60 percent, Sidik Mia and his wife, Abida 60 percent each.

But Chikadya said cabinet has collective responsibility and the individual scores may not matter much.

He said one has to look at the collective score which is 50 percent which was qualified as being over generous.

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Mpakateni
6 months ago

I respect Mvula very much. He is intelligent, but be as it is poverty is a crime. Times is using him in the name of political analyst to attack DPP and deliberately the ills of MCP. Probably he has been promised a job in one of the statutory corporations or in the government. Previously, this is how some people like Mizwanya, Sawerengera, Nawena, Allan Ntata got jobs on a silver platter. We are watching because these liars told us during their campaign that jobs will be advertised and people compete.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Zopanda ntchito izi. The assessments are simply subjective.

phiri
6 months ago

Awa anazolowera reginalism basi, taonani, how many people are from kasungu at times group? can they say bad things against boma? KASAKULA BEFORE NOW, SAID THAT HE HATED MUTHARIKA, HE CAN PLAY BACK HOT CURRENT PROGRAMS AND WHAT IS HE SAYING NOW? SANGAKAMBE ZABWINO ZA DPP. LOOK AT MR MVULA, ITS LIKE NOW PERSANAL WITH DPP, KOMATU KUNO NDI KUNJA

Kabwibwi
Kabwibwi
6 months ago

Besides a multidisciplinary think tank, the team doing the assessment should get the KPIs and priorities the President has set for each minister to assess against. There are thousands of tasks and policy issues these ministers will have to undertake, and they cannot do them all at once. Conduct research to find out what these KPIs/priorities are, then conduct an assessment by directly interviewing the President & Ministers(is possible), opposition counterparts, the public, subject matter experts, and then look at the actual numbers like all competent media houses do. As part of the assessment, list down the priorities and KPIs… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Kabwibwi
Tonse
Tonse
6 months ago

Assessment aside, this problem of overrating themselves isso rampant in UTM to the extent that there is nothing wrong they see in Chilima. How on earth did you expect a high score for a Minister of Economic Planning who has failed to produce even a bizzare economic recovery plan post DPP mismanagent and Covid pandemic? He spends most of his time inspecting roads as if he is Minister of Transport. And where are the so called reforms now? Za ziiii

Mpakateni
6 months ago

When Kasakula talks trash he thinks he is intelligent. Let him participate in a hot debate with other people so Malawi measure his IQ. He always talks rubbish, defending MCP even when he knows it is party of darkness and the leader of the party has so far proven a big failure.Mr. Chiakadya if you are not careful with Kasakula, people will match demanding your ouster because both you and Kasakula are irrelevant. You want to turn back this country to one party system. We are aware Kasakula is trying to leaks boots of MCP powerful people so that he… Read more »

Thebido
Thebido
6 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

Lost sheep.
Why do you keep bringing this nonsense up about UTM? MCP is in power because they won in 2019 and then exposed and proved the rigging in a court of law with iron-clan evidence; which UTM had a minimal contribution.

Did UTM not already concede the election to DPP?

Stop this nonsense. With 50+1 no-one could have won alone.

Last edited 6 months ago by Thebido
mwinifilimu
mwinifilimu
6 months ago
Reply to  Thebido

MCP never won in 2019, lets get the facts straight, they couldnt even have won alone in 2020, respect your alliance partners, otherwise you are licking the MCP ass

Dibaba
Dibaba
6 months ago
Reply to  mwinifilimu

Whether one likes it on not MCP won. Stupid UTM supporters keep trying to bring confusion by constantly saying MCP won because of UTM. They won because of a broad coalition but you fools try to elevate UTM like some grand party. Its a baby in party politics run as a one-man show and yet the supporters act like we are all stupid. SKC conceded to APM. Dr. Laz never did and said he was ready to shed his blood for a fair election. UTM & MCP went to court. UTM only had gwalidi who only had hearsay, whereas MCP… Read more »

Mpakateni
6 months ago
Reply to  Thebido

Conceding defeat is a sign of civilization not necessarily endorsing anything. Who went to court first between Chakwera and Chilima. Chilima is a pace setter, others are simply followers.

Thebido
Thebido
6 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

Shaaaa!
Now we are on “Who went to court first”

Koma ziliko. UTM only went to court after seeing the evidence and complaints brought by MCP. SKC had already accepted the DPP rigging. That is a fact.

MCP initially wanted a recount because they had a proper tally center that had accurate numbers from the constituency. Since Ansah took time to do the recount, the next remedy was to go to court. And what evidence did UTM bring to the case?

Chiwoko
Chiwoko
6 months ago
Reply to  Thebido

Please check your facts. MCP did not win. MCP are in Government with the help of UTM and the other parties which formed the alliance. Both MCP and UTM lost in 2019 but because they formed the alliance that is why they worn.
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Sayikoloni Ludzi
Sayikoloni Ludzi
6 months ago

George Kasakula and your Sunday Times team kutukwanidwa konsenku nchifukwa choti mwakhonza kuti Chakwera wamposa Chilima with later scoring 10% lower at 60%. Munakangoyelekeza kulakwitsa kumpatsa Chilima 70% tinakabooka mmimba. Chakwera anakanyozedwa koopsa.

Ku lumbadzi
Ku lumbadzi
6 months ago

What did one expect,George Kasakula the biggest turncoat in the history of Malawian journalism,during the hot current program,he always emphasized that he had nothing personal against the Dpp government,but since they were the ones who were in the cockpit they were open to criticism for failure to stee r the country in the right direction,since coming of his beloved party in power,all of a sudden he’s got cold feet now he says people not qualified to judge MCP’s six months at the helm.what double standards,he wants people to adopt ,no hear evil,no talk evil ,no see evil attitude with the… Read more »

DESMOND
DESMOND
6 months ago
Reply to  Ku lumbadzi

I agree. kASAKULA, will leave no flattery stone unturned in his quest to curry favour from politicians in power. What shallow journalism from this dude. Did you notice how emotional he was in trashing teachers request to be considered for Covid allowance? I think he should step down and allow objective journos to take over.

Mukuonari
Mukuonari
6 months ago

Peter Phiri does not know what he is talking about. Mkaka Civil Engineer how is surviving.

wapayasa
wapayasa
6 months ago

Useless assessments by the biased pro MCP newspaper. Just repeating the same mistakes the previous DPP, UDF governments were making. Looks like Malawians do not learn lessons from the past. Times gives 70% to Chakwera, who the whole country knows is sleeping on the job, busy talking and no action. 70% for someone who is sharing the table with the corrupt former president. Chawera is a man of words and no action. So far no one from the previous DPP regime has faced the law despite well known corruption at grand scale. Then they give 60% to someone who has… Read more »

Richard Steel
Richard Steel
6 months ago
Reply to  wapayasa

It is important to always remember that when cleaners make your office premises clean, it is the General Manager who gets credit for keeping the premises clean. In this case, you cannot rate a Vice President, who gets instructions from his/her boss to do certain things, higher than the president. Am sorry, but that is the reality of life.

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