Heads have started rolling from the People’s Party (PP) regime at State House. But it is more of the new faces coming to State House that is making better news and surprises, especially in the press office.
Journalist Sylvester Namiwa of Galaxy Radio, Chikondi Juma, and Justice Mponda have already signed their contracts to be President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s (APM) press team members.
Namiwa was arrested under the Joyce Banda administration for his role in announcing names of companies and individuals involved in the ‘cash-gate’ scandal. Some of the names his Galaxy Radio, owned by the Mutharika family, announced were erroneous.
Namiwa was vice president for the Journalists Union of Malawi (Juma) since last year.
Mponda, who ran the DPP sympathetic online news Malawi Voice, has also experienced his share of interrogations and arrests for his all-out attacks on the Banda regime and defence for President APM, who at that time was in opposition and faced a number of court cases including one on treason after he and his DPP cronies tried to block Banda from assuming power when his elder brother, president Bingu wa Mutharika died.
Juma was a news anchor at Times TV and she signed her contract yesterday alongside Mponda.
Also tipped to work as the press team boss at Plot number 1 is Frederick Ndala, who is currently out to South Africa for a meeting. Ndala works with Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL). He is also president for Juma since last year.
Out of State House press office are Steven Nhlane, Tusekele Mwanyongo, Brian Banda, and Fallys Ngalauka who served for two years under former president Banda.