MBC’s Malopa goes ‘ witch hunting’

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Director General Bright Malopa is feared to be ‘witchunting’ all his critics vowing to do everything possible to deal with them.

Those targeted to be penalised include members of the MBC Workers Union whose only sin was to speak on behalf of fired employees, fighting for the rights of demoted and redeployed staff to some government departments.

Nyasa Times sources have disclosed that the MBC boss has vowed to “finish off” all his critics, with whatever means.

One of the senior managers at MBC said; “He (Malopa) boastfully said he will deal with those that are fighting against his leadership, especially the union members who have been questioning his decisions. He will do anything just to deal with them.”

Malopa: Holding on to power

As part of the strategy to deal with his critics, Malopa has decided to send away and demote all his all those he sees as threats to his job.

Those that Malopa has already dealt with include; Chimwemwe Tsitsi and leader of the MBC Workers Union, Augustine Lubani.

Another victim is the young blossoming television broadcaster and reporter Herbert Mtuwa.

About two years ago, Mtuwa, founded and introduced a famous programme, Rich Out and Touch on MBC TV. Mtuwa tussled with Malopa over the ownership but the ever clever MBC chief managed to grab the credit on the foundation of the programme.

“It’s a personal fight, though it is considered corporate restructuring. There are a lot of people who are not happy with Malopa’s style of leadership. Imagine the whole  boss fighting with his juniorsnothing can stop him from completely getting rid of them?” remarked another senior manager.

Other experienced, qualified and talented broadcasters that Malopa has managed to frustrate away include Thomas Chafunya, Timothy Sandram, Steve Liwewe Banda.

Malopa also listed for redeployment Chafunya’s wife, Tamara.

In a related development, the High Court reinstated workers at the broadcaster have not been paid their monthly dues, a move the Workers Union has described as a move to derail present court case.

The Union has dragged to court MBC management seeking constitutional review on the controversial demotion and redeployment of some workers who were redeployed to questionable positions within MBC and other government departments.

Last week, the High Court rebuffed MBC’s move to block the commencement of constitutional review which was expected to start this week but has since been adjourned to a later date.

Meanwhile, MBC has moved the entire finance unit from the premises of the radio station at Chichiri to Kwacha where the TV station is housed.

Malopa could allow this reporter to question him on the allegations. His secretary at MBC kept saying he could not talk.

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