Minister launches SADC media awards in Mzuzu

Minister of Information Gospel Kazako has encouraged journalists in the country to scoop more than one Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) media awards which Malawi will host come 2021.

Kazako launching Sadc Media Awards at Mzuzu Hotel, pic by Gracian Jeke

Speaking during the Sadc Media Awards launch at Mzuzu Hotel Friday, the minister said Malawi has many talented journalists and as such he expects a lot them during them to take part in the awards and win.

“What else can I expect? I expect Malawian journalists to win. You know Sadc is coming toMalawi and we don’t expect people coming from elsewhere to win all the awards,” said Kazako.

He said best performance by Malawian journalists during the ceremony shall please President Lazarus Chakwera who shall be Sadc chairperson then.

“It would be very interesting to see the President standing among his fellow presidents shaking hands with his very own sons and daughters after carrying the day. He would be very proud,” Kazako said.

Commenting on the matter Malawi Regulatory Authority (Macra), Director of Broadcasting, Fergas Lipenga encouraged journalists to do more on stories happening in rural areas.

“There are good stories happening in the rural areas which are award winning stories. For example I went to Chitipa and bought this trouser at K5 000 which when we go to Blantyre we find them at K25 000.

“So you can write stories like these explaining how business is going in these bordering regions for people out there know what is happening,” Lipenga said.

Ministry of Information and Technology, principal secretary, Ernest Kantchentche urged members of the press to come forward if they need support in their work.

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