MBC bars Manganya from its programmes

Public funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has barred social commentator, activist and comedian Michael Usi from taking part in any of its radio plays barely five days after he delivered an objective nation address.

Manganya banned on MBC

Usi popularly known by his stage name Manganya has been one of popular actors in MBC’s radio plays especially Sewero La Sabata Ino aired on MBC Radio1 every Saturday evening. He has been featuring in the play for almost 20 years now.

And now MBC management has decided to kick him out of its programmes following his attack on government through the nation address he delivered on Thursday (23rd March) evening through Zodiak, Times, MIJ and Joy radio stations.

According to information in our possession, MBC management has ordered all its producers to never hire or feature Usi in any of MBC’s programmes including Sewero La Sabata Ino.

Usi is being accused of using his address to attack government especially on quota system which, according to our sources, was designed to control other tribes especially Tumbukas from dominating public universities’ student selection.

Most Malawians are backing Usi’s stand on quota system which he described as evil and a national disaster.

When contacted at first MBC Public Relations Officer, Thembi Malinki refused to comment on the issue until she consulted with her bosses.

She could not however answer her phone when contacted later on.

Usi confirmed the issue to Nyasa Times in an interview.

“I have been informed about it; in fact they are saying it’s a directive from above. There is no any other explanation from them,” explained Usi.

During his 40 minutes recorded address branded “Making Malawi Our Home”, Usi took a swipe on both government and opposition political parties, accusing them of failing Malawians.

He criticized the country’s opposition political parties for creating disorder and failing to demonstrate to Malawians that are capable of governing the country while hitting hard on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for setting bad precedence with its thug-like type of administration.

In 2015 MBCtv stopped broadcasting Tikuferanji soap produced by Adventist Development and Relief Agency (Adra) due to Usi’s alleged criticism of Peter Mutharika led administration.

Currently Tikuferanji is aired on Times television.  It was initiated by Adra as an advocacy program and it addresses issues of human rights, gender, democracy and other issues.

In 2008, the radio version of the show received the radio play of the Year Award at MBC Entertainers of Year Awards, and it has been voted the best advocacy program in Malawi.

The focus of the drama series has slowly been widening to encompass not only HIV/AIDS issues but also addressing issues on human rights, gender, democracy and other social topics.

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Watamiwa Nyondo

Very sorry with what the current Government is doing. Imagine just only two from Chitipa district have chanced to pursue their courses at MUST.Only TWO koma abale dzikoli likuwawa. Ana ama poiñts 9–12 are just lingering about in villages. Manganya is just right.


Guess what my prayer is. I am sure God is going to answer me and Malawi.

D Kazembe {ambassador 2}

Don’t Blam Manganya, MBC Or Makola Pple Coz Mbc Ikumapangid Lead Ndi Chipan Cholamula. If U Want 2 Blam. Blam Mr Presedent. Manganya Z Second 2 Ban At MBC This March. Malawi Should Fear Kudzudzula A Presedent. Linda Madzi Apte Aise Tionana 2019. Manganya Conteu To Enterten Us.

True patriot
This whole issue is not news to me at all. This was obviously going to happen sooner than later considering the way MBC operates. It’s actually surprising how they (MBC) didn’t act earlier than this! The way MBC operates reminds me of a certain deceased rich businessman in our village who had very funny rules about how hitchhikers in his Datsun pickup were to conduct themselves when they were given a lift. The underlying point was that the ‘matola’ should not be seen to be too comfortable during the ride, lest people would mistake them for the owner of the… Read more »
J Chingira

Manganya amanena chilungamo quoter siyabwino ndiyokomera mbari imodzi Dpp tionana 2019 dyeranitu. Anthu oyipa ongokhutitsa mimba zawo osaganiziraso anthu. piano ayambaso kuthawitsa chimanga China kupititsa Ku Tanzania akuti agwira ma track 30 atapakira chimanga waku Tanzania nkumanama kuti ndi mavenda pomwe ndi iwowo a DPP mudyeretu ndithudi Mulungu akuonatu zosezi ndipo tipemphera.


Quota system is not only practiced in Malawi. Brazil and Pakistan also use this system for reasons similar to Malawi. Equitable/Equity must prevail. The principles of JUSTICE also take precedence here. Let’s not be selfish beings. The Rural education system in Malawi is not the same as urban education, academies etc. The government has to show love to all and that’s why Quota was introduced. No system is perfect, but quota is the better evil, Mr Manganya

Wandale wamyee

Rural education system vs urban education system. Are you sure quota system is based on this principle or you don’t know what you are talking about. If it was this I don’t think people should have been complaining

Quota system started with Kamuzu in late 1980s. He directed that each district of the 24 should produce 10 students to the university. Points were competed between people of the same district. It happened that a number ten student in a certain district would go to university with 17 points while in a certain district a number ten would score 12 points. His aim was to have proportional entrance in the university. With this directive it was people from central and southern Malawi who were enjoying the show. So Usi should know that the quota system has a backing from… Read more »

Your utterances lack common sense. The quota system is evil, doesn’t work on the same level playing ground. It stifles competition – based on what you said, can you justify why someone who gets 13 points gets left out from the selection process while another dimwit who gets 25 points gets selected? Not surprised Santana, I have read a number of your posts – your views are typically groundless! Better zip up rather than spouting tosh!

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chinyomphiro cha nkhuku
chinyomphiro cha nkhuku

kaya zipangani mwatokhuta,ndye mwamva kuti mwamuchosa inu kwawo samakadya mumamudyesa ndinu nthawi yonseyi? ndisegula radio yanga ma drama ake azikapanga komweko ndye ndisakuonenitu mitu phwiiiiiii namumvesera

inkosi Ngwenyama

Quota system is evil my fellow Malawians.It denies enrollment on merit into public university.No wonder to have have baked graduates whom are even failing to perform accordingly on the ground.Lets not politize issues of public interest.

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