Ministers tells Macra boss Itaye, staff to avoid getting involved in politics

Minister of Information and Communications Technology has advised Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) management led by Godfrey Itaye to  avoid getting involved in politics.

Botomani accompanied by PS Kainja greets Itaye
Botomani (r) during the tour at Macra.-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Botomani (r) listens to Itaye during the tour at Macra.-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday during a familiarization tour at MACRA offices at Ginnery Corner a in Blantyre as part of his his famrilirarisation tour, Minister of Information, Mark Botomani said MACRA staffs are not allowed to play political games and it is high time they stick to their professionalism.

“Every member of staff should not interfere with political issues. Leave politics to politicians like myself. If I do politics I will not be faulted because that is my profession unlike professionals working in government institutions,” the minister said.

Botomani, who was  accompanied by the ministry’s Principal Secretary Emmie Kainja and other officials said he was impressed with the progress on the Universal Service Fund that would ensure provision of affordable reliable and accessible information and communication technology services to hard to reach areas which are normally deemed as unprofitable by service providers.

The Minister said strides made by MACRA in the project where final formalities are being done to make sure the fund is operational.

“We need to construct towers and telecentres in each and every constituency in this country. The next phase of constructing tele-centres national wide is about to start and 23 tele-centres will be built in this phase,” he added.

Director General of MACRA, Godfrey Itai said it was proper for MACRA staff to leave politics aside in pursuing their work.

He added that all is set for the construction of 23 tele-centres that would be built in this second phase.

The Minister is expected to visit a number of MACRA’S projects like the already built tele-centres as part of his familiarization tour.

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phiriwaphiri
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hi, even if its mcp or utm bus company in power they still put their people thats a fact, dont be like some media people like mbc, zodiak and brian banda who is pp and georg kasakula who has problem with dpp for being left out in 2014, brian banda were available for comment whe uwere at state hous? bwanji kuyiwala msanga, ku zodiak paja kuli a maria chidzaja nkhoma, she cant wish dpp well, always against boma, koma akakhala amtambo ndi achakwerandiye headline koma ngati ndi peter ndiye negative why do u always talk about rights how about responsibilities”akakhala… Read more »

usavalnches
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Thanks for sharing all of your experiences!

bakukaya
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bakukaya

How many of the old telecentres are still working so that we need new ones? Let us be serious with projects.

Kestern wa Mafuta Centre
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Kestern wa Mafuta Centre

Stupid minister, are you telling Itaye the truth or you are just blindfolding Malawians? Macra and Itaye are politicians just like you and they are DPP politicians for sure and everyone knows this.

The Patriot
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The Patriot

Who is Botoman trying to fool? MACRA is full of DPP sympathizers and the ruling tribe!! MRA and MCRA are the most politicized parastatals in Malawi.

JIGGIES
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JIGGIES

Itaye dpp’s puppet cadet………

MZWANYA
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MZWANYA

Kind of advising a hyena to stop eating dead carcass…lip service.

Audine
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Audine

Good advice – but the Minister needs to be careful as he is touching wrong nerves of Malawians. Study carefully and you would know that its only few politicians that have survived for a very long time and you better handle Malawians well while serving them as Minister of Information. Go to MBC and speak the same and say I want change immediately.

katayeni chitutu
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katayeni chitutu

mukutamiza ndani poti ndalama za DPP mukumakatenga ku macra komweko

Kapado Chimulirenji
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Itaye is a true stooge. What is he doing infront of a Minister? Do you think Bottom man is a semi-god? What happens when he meets the President? Shame on you Itaye.