Malopa says Mutharika was ‘dead man walking’

Fired head of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation,  Bright Malopa, has disclosed that he had suspicions all along that late president Bingu Mutharika was dead man walking  and that he needed medical attention  for life-threatening disease.

President Joyce Banda on Tuesday fired Malopa who was a Mutharika ally and used state media to campaign against Banda after her expulsion from the DPP.

The new director general is Benson Tembo, a veteran broadcaster and former diplomat whose last posting was as ambassador to Zimbabwe.

Malopa: I knew Mutharika was a sick man

After learning his dismissal, Malopa rushed to grant an interview with Zodiak radio, claiming that the poor health of the 78-year-old Mutharika was accelerated by the “pressure” he was recently subjected.

During the last months Mutharika was under fire from both domestic and international organisations for mismanaging the economy as well human rights abuses.

“I knew something was terribly wrong and I shared my concerns with the chief secretary Bright Msaka so too the president’s brother Peter, advising them that they needed to do something about the deteriorating health,” claimed Malopa.

“And when I heard of the death it just confirmed my concerns,” he said

Commenting on her relationship with Her Excellency Joyce Banda who he used to “ridicule” and “insult” while at MBC, now that power has shifted, Malopa conceded he was victimising her.

” I was not personally against her, I was only doing a disengagement policy as directed by my bosses. Former vice president Cassim Chilumpha also went through the same, we are told to do this at a state broadcasting house,” he said.

He did not mention where the orders were coming from.

Malopa has also refuted reports that he was trying to sneak out of the country, saying he has nothing to fear.

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