Ministers, Malopa, Mzati barred from MBC

Government has directed that no cabinet minister speaks on the state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and radio and television unless cleared by the military.

The directive comes soon after acting president Her Excellency Joyce Banda addressed a news conference in Lilongwe flanked by Army Commander Henry Odilo and Inspector General Peter Mukhito.

The directive also follows a request from the Malawi Law Society to the Army to facilitate peaceful transition.

Sources at MBC also disclosed that controller of news and current affairs Mzati Nkolokosa was barred from entry into MBC offices on Saturday morning.

Nkolokosa was propagandist of the Bingu wa Mutharika administration while Malopa was head of MBC and led campaign of disparaging Her Excellency Banda.

Malawi’s acting president Joyce Banda has directed that the national flag be flon at half mast and the state Malawi Broadcasting Corporation radio and TV to play somber music (dirges).

Banda gave the directives this morning at a news conference at her Lilongwe residence. She also summoned the entire cabinet to a meeting this afternoon.

During the news conference, Banda was flanked by Army Commander Henry Odilo and Inspector General of Police Peter Mukhito.

Malopa: Time over

Meanwhile, the Office of the President and Cabinet has officially announced President Bing wa Mutharika’s death and said the mourning period is 10 days.

Already divisions have rocked in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party with deputy minister of Gender Catherine Gotani Hara defying orders to endorse Mutharika’s brother, Peter to take over the presidency.

Gotani was leaking every cabinet discusions to the vice president.

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