Malopa sets house-warming party for his Chapima Castle: To get K40m from Malawi Broadcasting Corp

Former director general of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Bright Malopa, has disclosed that he will in April throw a house warming party at his sprawling Chapima Castle in Blantyre’s posh  Nyambadwe Township.

Malopa, who will get about K40 million as compensation for unfair termination of his three year contract following a default judgment delivered by Industrial Relations Court (IRC), said he started constructing of his ‘White-House’ in 2001 , six years before he joined the state broadcaster.

The flashy Malopa, currently in South Africa, confirmed with Nyasa Times in webcam interview on Friday that the house-warming party was already scheduled before the court made the payout of his unfair sacking.

He said: “Chapima Castle is modelled on Loudon Castle near Galston in Ayrshire Scotland and Heiligendamm built in 1793 by the Duke of Mecklenburg Germany.”

Side view: Chapima Castle of Bright Malopa
Side view: Chapima Castle of Bright Malopa

The former MBC boss also commented on the published reports that he will smile all the way to the bank with about K40 million (about $111 111) for unfair dismissal.

Malopa was sacked by the Joyce Banda led government after the death former president Bingu wa Mutharika in April last year. He was replaced by veteran broadcaster Dr Benson Tembo.

According to The Nation, taxpayers in Malawi are set to pay Malopa for unfair termination of his three-year long contract following a default judgement delivered by the Industrial Relations Court (IRC).

The paper reported on Friday that IRC deputy chairperson Jack N’riva on Monday dismissed government’s application to set aside the judgement ordering the state broadcaster to pay Malopa what he claimed in his statement of claim after MBC failed to defend the matter.

The State has a right to appeal at the High Court.

Asked to comment on the IRC determination to pay him compensation, Malopa said: “Well I feel sorry for Joyce Banda because she was made to believe that I was not on a running contract and the people who were lying to her were public servants not politicians. I don’t mind politicians lying. They get paid to lie but when public servants lie as was in my case, it becomes a concern.”

Outspoken Malopa added: “If she [President Banda] was any wiser, this is time to reflect on any advice she’s gotten from her public servants over the last nine months and take appropriate actions to discipline some of his aides. It’s obvious now they are pushing her down at break neck speed, head first.”

Malopa becomes yet another public officer to be compensated with millions of Kwacha from taxpayers in Malawi.

Among other public officers who have been compensated millions by the current administration for unfair dismal after power change include former Clerk of Parliament Matilda Katopola, former Admarc boss Charles Matabwa, former Anti-Corruption Bureau chief Alex Nampota.

Malopa: Likely to walk home with K40 million.
Malopa: Likely to walk home with K40 million.
Chapima Castle of Malopa
Chapima Castle of Malopa
Chapima Castle
Chapima Castle

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