State House Director of Communications, Dr. Bright Molande, has instructed public broadcaster MBC to stop giving coverage to United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi.
MBC sources said Molande had earlier directed that Muluzi rallies should be covered by showing an angle where there few people and ignore the crowds.
But since Muluzi, who is Minister of Health and Population Services in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet, has not decisively disclosed the status of his party’s relationship with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ahead of the 2019 Tripartite Elections, the MBC has been told not to give coverage to the UDF rallies.
UDF and DPP became bedfellows soon after the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections after Mutharika drafted Muluzi into his first Cabinet. Muluzi has been maintained since then.
“We have received instructions to give Atupele Muluzi blackout on his rallies,” said MBC source.
According to impeccable sources, Molande has also waged a victimization campaign against Vice President Saulos Chilima, directing Ministry of Information and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) officials to give the VP news ‘blackout’.
A top official at the VP’s office have confirmed that every time government-owned news agencies carried out stories about the Veep, Molande could lash out at Ministry of Information Principal Secretary, Justin Saidi, instructing him to order his ‘boys’ at Ministry of Information to retract the stories.
Molande could not pick phone calls when Nyasa Times attempted to seek his comment.