Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has shut down his tri-weekly newspaper called The Guardian pending a restructuring exercise that will see the loss-making tabloid with new management, Nyasa Times can reveal.
But it seems Mutharika’s reasons for the closure are only a ruse as his Galaxy Radio is expected to hit the airwaves this week.
According to sources Mutharika as Board Chairman did not give reasons for the closure but has asked all employees to re-apply for their positions.
A skeletonstaff has been retained to collect the company’s debts.
Despite failing in newspaper business, President Mutharika is takig comfort from the Sky Newspaper designed to propagate a campaign in support for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2014 torch bearer Peter Mutharika’s candidature.
The broadsheet newspaper is being run by Noel Masangwi as a weekly but will roll into daily paper.
The Sky Newspaper joins on the streets the “occasionally” Malawi Mail published by Ministry of Information that is in support of Mutharika’s administration and his brother’s candidature.