Media watchdog Misa Malawi former chairperson Thom Khanje Saturday night saluted Prophet Shepherd Bushiri for the timely K3 million donation he made to the institution.
The donation—which was made Thursday night through Shepherd Bushiri Investments (SBI) director of communications Ephraim Nyondo—was meant to help the media grouping body in the organisation of this year’s World Press Freedom day which climaxed Saturday with award presentation to deserving journalists and media houses.
Khanje said the media in Malawi appreciates the gesture as a mark of Prophet Bushiri’s patriotism to his country.
“We made a request to SBI and the response came at the right time. Being for the first time, we appreciate the gesture as it launches the beginning of greater things to come,” he said.
Nyondo said the Prophet’s gesture was not just about the Saturday, but also SBI commitment to media freedom and excellence in Malawi.
He added that Prophet Bushiri, who is the President of SBI, wants Malawi media to concentrate more on reporting about social challenges such as HIV and Aids, non-communicable diseases, plight of the elderly and, also, delivery of social services.
He further said SBI welcomes any gesture of partnership with Malawian firms and institutions.
With the donation, SBI was the third largest donor to Misa Malawi after European Union (EU) with K5.5 million and Airtel Malawi with K3.5 million.
During the gala last night, Zodiak Broadcasting Service (ZBS) and Times Group emerged the best media houses for 2016.