Malawi presidential spokesman Ndala fired

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has fired his Press Secretary Frederick Ndala and is set to be  replaced by  journalist who works for Nation Publications Limited (NPL), Nyasa Times understands.

State House spokesman Fredrick Ndala:   Frozen

State House spokesman Fredrick Ndala: Frozen

Ndala has since confirmed his firing but could not be drawn to comment on the reasons.

However, State House sources reveal that Ndala was booted out following revelation that he was behind the scheme to defraud the President of money amounting to K8 million which was meant for journalists when they had an audience with Mutharika towards the end of last year.

During the audience the almost 100 journalists were said to have been given K50,000 each meaning the total amount given out was K4 million yet it is said that the money released was K12 million with an agreement that the journalists will get K200,000 each.

“Apparently it seems that Ndala was not the main guy in the scheme but all the people involved threw everything at him and being new in such games he had no much clout to back up himself,” said the source.

Ndala who was appointed soon after Mutharika became president was working for Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) where he was the editor of Malawi News.

He was appointed along Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Regional Manager for the north and Mzuzu Bureau Chief Timpuza Mwansambo as Deputy Press Secretary.

As press secretary, Ndala took up the role of presidential spokesperson previously held by another journalist Steve Nhlane under former president Joyce Banda and politician Dr. Heatherwick Ntaba, under late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

Mutharika’s press office is being manned by five people and is not clear whether His replacement will be at the State House as second in command or the overall incharge of the office.

Other officers in the office include Justice Mponda who dubs as an editor for a pro-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) online publication the Malawi Voice, Chikondi Juma former reporter for Times TV and Sylvester Namiwa former reporter for Galaxy FM Radio, which in the run up to the May 20 elections was seen as a mouth piece of the DPP.

The press office was previously occupied by Nhlane, Faless Ngalawuka, Tusekele Mwanyongo and Brian Banda whose duties were automatically relinquished following the loss of the then ruling People’s Party.

The country’s media fraternity had high expectations on Ndala that probably he would bring sanity into the president’s office because of his level headedness, but that never was.

Just like previous holders of the office Ndala seemed to have had challenge in creating space for journalists to work cordially with State House and in an environment where they are not intimidated or harassed especially during presidential press conferences.

Ndala’s departure as the only level headed character spells doom for the State House communication and media relations which is manned by former MBC Director General Bright Malopa as a Special Presidential Advisor on Communication Strategy.

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Mbwiyace
Guest

People Think! Use your grey cells. How on earth is a Press Secretary tasked to disburse that much money to fellow journalists? Come on folks! Ndala just fell on someones sword. Just watch, what goes around comes around. It is good for Fred. He should sing naked to His Maker for being fired.

Boyd Kilembey
Guest

Good riddance. This guy pilfered money meant for others. The issue is not whether he is the only one or not. He thought he was clever. Akagwere uko pafupi ndi moto.

matutu
Guest

Why should all this be happening? People are employed today & fired tomorrow. These are symptoms of many issues. Billy, in my opinion, there I no thorough check on the integrity of those appointed into high positions. Whatever criterion I is used to appoint them. Or are these thieves developing the character theory of if you cannot win them, join them. But then joining who?

hfty
Guest

Why is mainstream media quiet and not commenting on this? Anyasa ndinu power _ the mainstream media carefully choreograph news but hide under professionalism and we’ll-edited stories. At least at nyasatimes we know that what we see is what we get

Israel Difense Force
Guest

WHO CARES????????

Callister Daniel Phiri
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Callister Daniel Phiri

Will you continue writing zomupopa Pitara?

adama
Guest

Fred I am sure you must be related to a Ndala I know who last year Swindled a USAID funded project and caused almost closure? kodi ndi zoyamwira eti mpaka kukabela atolankhani anzanu? ndiye inu munatenda zingati mutagawana?

Kingsley Jika
Guest

Welcome home Fred. I congratulated you on your appointment; I should also welcome you back of your coming back. I knew you would never fit in the complicated jigsaw puzzle of Malawi politics. Let us stay out of it all and concentrate on what we are better at, Fred: writing and teaching.

Mkwapukwapu
Guest

Is he related to this guy called Michael Usi also known Managanya ? they resemble very much

macd
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i cry for pililani phiri the vibrant young young eishتنمحعهنن ىىى u know what i mean mungayambe kundi shooter

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