Mchacha apologizes to journo: Malawi minister says ‘sorry’ for his vulgar mouth

Deputy minister of Transport and Public Works Charles Mchacha has apologised to a journalist whom he insulted using derogatory words after the media body sought the intervention of President Peter Mutharika.

Mchacha (R) says sorry for his foul mouthing

Mchacha has apologised on  Tuesday for verbally attacking and intimidating Nation Publications Limited (NPL) journalist Bobby Kabango.

Kabango, NPL  management and  media watchdog Misa Malawi have since accepted the apology.

Mchacha used all sorts of swear words in a recorded phone conversation with  Kabango who was pursuing a story on how the Deputy Minister allegedly acquired public land in Limbe, Blantyre.

Misa Malawi chairperson Teresa Ndanga said Mchacha went to NPL offices in Blantyre to apologise for his behaviour.

“Honourable Mchacha apologised in the presence of MISA Malawi National Governing Council (NGC) member Mandy Pondani, Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) Chair Robert Mkwezalamba and NPL officials,” Ndanga said.

She said during the meeting, Mchacha said he respects journalists and appreciates the role the media plays in a democracy.

“It was sad that we failed to understand each other and handle the situation well. So, I am here to apologise to my friend [ Bobby] and the entire Nation management for the words I uttered to Bobby Kabango,” Mchacha said.

Both Kabango and NPL Deputy Chief Executive Officer Alfred Ntonga accepted the apology.

Speaking during the meeting, Pondani appealed to the minister, other ministers and government officials to be exemplary and uphold and respect human rights, including media freedom and freedom of expression.

“You hold senior public positions and your conduct should befit those positions. As journalists we also work to promote public good and we want to feel safe when doing our work. It’s intimidating and scary when senior government officials attack instead of protecting us,” Pondani said.

MISA Malawi wrote Mchacha demanding a public apology for verbally attacking and intimidating Kabango.

The Chapter also asked Minister of Information, Mark Botomani, to disassociate government from Mchacha’s conduct and assure the nation that Mchacha’s actions were not a reflection of government policy to threaten and intimidate journalists working to uphold principles of transparency and accountability in a nation whose constitution guarantees media freedom.

Mchacha’s actions were a violation of media freedom and freedom of expression and could be construed as government attempts to silence journalists in the country, according to Ndanga.

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lere
9 months ago

Apology accepted…… kulani tsopano.

tung'ande
tung'ande
9 months ago

Chinkango can you investigate smuggling of beer from south africa taking place at Honey K freight and Elvis Freight. MRA officials are working with owners of these clearing companies to smuggle beer. In normal circumstances a truck load of beer will fetch MK25m duty but they only pay MK12m where MK2m goes to MRA officials who inspect, MK6m goes to MRA and MK4m is taken by the clearing agent. Containers with beer are falsely declared that they are carrying groceries yet they just carry little groceries and the rest is beer. My estimate is that over 10 containers are smuggled… Read more »

Gee
Gee
9 months ago

He’s apologized coz he’s seen that Dpp has no future in government so he’s worried what is coming when President Pumbwa is booted out

Forgive them
Forgive them
9 months ago

Mchacha is ok,the idiot’s who choose him to be a minister,imagine this guy is one of the right hand men of Malawi leader,what advice can this guy give?shame on us

Jobex
Jobex
9 months ago

Honourable Mchacha
This is maturity.

Mtete
Mtete
9 months ago

Only it’s taking too long for this man to grow up as he has been using fowl language several times. Anyway, as the saying goes, “a long trip starts with the first step”. Your first step Mchacha is accepting wrongdoing. Keep it up.

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
9 months ago

Achitsilu. Koma mwaonetsako nzeru pang’ono popepesa.Mwina kukhala kuyamba kopanga zinthu mwachikulu. Ulemu nkupatsana. Mukapitiliza zimenezi nafenso tisiya kukunyozani ndipo tidzikulemekezani

Opportunist
Opportunist
9 months ago

Obscene language.We should remember that no matter how long night can be but one day sun will rise.

Tchana
Tchana
9 months ago

Bravo Mchacha kumeneko nde kukhala

James Banda
James Banda
9 months ago

After being forced and for fear of being sued. Shame. By the way, does Mchacha have children and a wife?

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