Ombudsman intervenes in MBC presenter of albinism firing, lawyer takes up case probono

Ombudsman Martha Chizuma has swiftly intervened in a case in which the state run Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has fired its presenter, a person with albinism, because he had been critical of the government policies on protection of people with albinism.

Simbota: MBC has now turned to be a breeding ground for gossip.

The presenter, Ian Simbota, has confirmed in an interview that he would be travelling to Lilongwe next week to meet the Ombudsman.

“She asked for the letter of dismissal which I sent then she has asked me to see her in person and bring all other necessary documents,” said Simbota.

He also said a prominent lawyer has undertaken to take up the dismissal case to the court probono, or for free of charge after reading the issue in social media platforms.

Simbota is the president of the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), a vocal voice that has been advocating for the protection of people with albinism in the country who increasingly face abductions and killings.

According to Simbota, he received the letter of dismissal this week after he complained to the acting Inspector General of police Duncan Mwapasa that his colleague at MBC was threatening his security.

He said Babra Mwandira, a confessed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadet was reposting posts by Simbota deemed to be critical of President Peter Mutharika, the DPP and the government.

Mwandira has just been employed as a producer/presenter and she vied in the May 21, 2019 local government elections on DPP ticket in Lilongwe but tumbled in the elections.

“I wondered why she started reposting my posts and this threatened my security as her cadet colleagues could have attacked me, probably disguising as the usual attackers of persons with albinism so I reported the matter to the IG,” he said.

He said Mwapasa acted swiftly and professionally by calling Mwandira but she denied doing it and the IG called the MBC director general Aubrey Sumbuleta to tell Mwandira stop the reposting of the posts.

However, Simbota said he was surprised to get a letter of dismissal this week.

He said the case he has been dismissed for happened last year when then minister of Information Henry Mussa visited the MBC offices in Blantyre as part of his familiarisation tour.

“The Honourable minister then told us to be open and tell him problems we faced at the institution. My only crime is that I told the minister that MBC has now turned to be a breeding ground for gossip.

” Members of staff gossip against each other to bosses in a bid to have them fired,” he said.

Simbota said this did not go down well with Sumbuleta who later after the meeting demanded evidence on the matter.

Simbota said Sumbuleta had been working against him for a long time.

“He ordered that I be off air without a convincing reason. I have been off air for one year and seven months. The reason is the same that I am always critical of the government on issues to do with the protection of people with albinism in the country. I do this because of my advocacy role in APAM,” said Simbota.

There was no immediate comment from Sumbuleta or other MBC senior management team members.

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COPS
COPS
1 year ago

Aubrey Sagawa Sumbuleta, dont act as if u will be the DG for life at MBC, God is watching, Karma knows its address, if its not you then your children, to the coming government, pliz make sure you DEEP clean at MBC once in power, there is a lot of filth there

POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
1 year ago

AFORD ! VICTORY

nyekhwe nyekhwe
nyekhwe nyekhwe
1 year ago

Poti anzanu sanakunenelerni kwa aliyense lero zakusalirani ndiye mwayamba kutchula anthu ena. Dekhani bigy ili ndi dziko.

Kado
Kado
1 year ago

Sumbuleta nda abakha nonse a dpp mwatikwana heavy no wonder every day pa mbc kumangomva za abakha Inu mbuzi manukusi a dpp. Day ikubwera muzasunthapo pamenepo muwafunse anzanu munthawi ya zipani zapitazo pano alikumpoto anakawasiya kumeneko. Inuso mwatsala pangono. Zopusaaaaa. Nyekhwe nde chani tionetsana pa 19 may aphwanga

nyekhwe nyekhwe
nyekhwe nyekhwe
1 year ago

Choipa chitsata mwini. |Inu mwaipisako angati ku mbc

Mtete
Mtete
1 year ago

Have you forgotten about an expectant mother cursing nurses? That’s what this Simbota fellow did.
There is a time and place for everything. You don’t bite the finger that’s feeding you regardless how dirty that finger is.

Chizaso
Chizaso
1 year ago

It’s messy, I think the Director should be questioned for this improper dismissal. This is very sad that if you criticize the government then you are in problems. What type of government which wants everyone to be clapping hands for them even if they are wrong. Let us learn from developed nations like the US. People are free to express themselves no matter their political affiliation. Martha, please help that boy and MBC must pay for that.

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 year ago

Watch what comes next

Sahara
Sahara
1 year ago

He should be thankful that he is still alive. He was right there in the lion’s den, he could’ve disappeared especially with fresh elections coming up. God will give him a better and safer job. Away from DPP who kill albinos.

chamba changa
chamba changa
1 year ago

At the same MBC there was Bright Malopa during Bingu’s regime, olo ndingoti Dpp regime, where is he today?? Mabwana aku MBC amatha ngati makatani. Malawians’ eyes are on you, Mr Sumbulerta

mbola
mbola
1 year ago

mbc sizatheka

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