Snobbish Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and Television (Malawi TVM) director general Bright Malopa has been slapped with forced leave from the state-owned broadcasting house for insubordination, Nyasa Times understands.
Malopa is currently serving his forced leave for arrogantly refusing to take directives from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) on the issue of MBC–TVM merger.
According to inside sources at the OPC, Malopa who has no media background, ignored all advices and controls set up by the committee set up by the OPC regarding the transition of the two tax-payers’ money funded media institutions, MBC Radios and Television Malawi (TVM) into making them a single entity.
“It is now two months since Malopa was sent on a forced leave for flouting procedures and orders and the way he handled himself on the amalgamation of two state-run broadcasting houses. For reason best known to himself, Malopa completely ignored all the advices from OPC and did things his own way,” disclosed a source.
The OPC source confided in Nyasa Times that the committee had to seek presidential intervention on the matter and notified president Bingu wa Mutharika of the decision to suspend Malopa from the organisation as his behaviour was becoming so unbecoming accusing him of being egotistical and pompous.
“Malopa continued to ignore instructions and control measures from the committee tasked by the OPC to see to it that there was a smooth transition in the merger of the two public broadcasters,” said the source.
Malopa said he was on a “breather” when he spoke to Nyasa Times correspondent but insisted he was still in control of MBC.
Government sources added that Malopa has messed up thing at the two institutions with so many staff victimised while others have been moved to other government departments without due consideration and proper consultations.