On MBC, blame Malawi politicians, not staff members

The story of recurring silliness at  Malawi Broadcasting Corportaion (MBC) is as old as our fond of curing symptoms.

For all we know is that MBC has been what it has always been: towing the line of the incumbent, simultaneously, throwing vulgar at the opposition.

We seem so worried, today, not because we care about honest journalism from the State broadcaster; rather, MBC has slapped Saulos Chilima—a politician whose followers are the loudest on social media.

But wait a minute.

When  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), accidentally, became the ruling party in 2006  after breaking from United Democratic Front (UDF),  late president Bingu wa Mutharika used MBC to disparage former president Bakili Muluzi in the worst tones ever.  Remember the Makiyolobasi of Bright Malopa, the Mizwanya programme of Lifred Nawena and others.

Former president Joyce Banda also faced verbal attacks on MBC when she left DPP while serving as State vice president.

Today, using the same MBC, the DPP administration wants to disparage Chilima in tones not so different, in principle, which Bingu used in dressing down Muluzi.

Truth be told, to borrow late Ralph Tenthani’s phrase, whoever becomes president, they will dearly keep MBC where it stands—because it’s their medium of propaganda and monopoly.

It’s not the journalists, a director general, or a director of news and current affairs, who controls narrative at MBC. Let’s forgive these overzealous and unfortunate folks such as Steve Maseya, for once.

The narrative at MBC is schemed at the higher level—where Maseya and fellow poor folks can’t even swung up to reach.

Let’s accept this: The Maseya folks we constantly attack are as powerless, though stupid, as you are and, in their deepest level of conscience, they feel the weight of their guilt.

But their comfort is found in the promised high level of protection and defence from the state.

Now, whenever you feel like calling MBC names, learn this: the staff there, especially the Maseya type of or Henery Haukeya, is used to being used, in a project way, and they know that a change of government will throw them in a rock bottom.

They know these truths, they are not dumb, and they prepare for it. So keep your blame against them to yourself. It won’t change them, it won’t change MBC.

With MBC, its a circus.

It’s a circus because MBC is just a symptom of what we need to change, as a country, in how we manage our parastatals.

It’s not about MBC; it’s about how, as a nation, we have given unchecked discretionary powers to the State, especially State House, to micromanage our parastatals.

MBC is always on the spotlight because it’s sins are published and broadcasted.

But think of ESCOM, Egenco, MACRA, MRA, Roads Fund, MERA, etc; how much is the State plundering these without our knowledge?

There, in parliament, where laws are made and, here on the ground, where active citizenry resides, is where answers to our recurring predicament lies.

We have blamed MBC for years and years. But what changed? Nothing. It hasn’t changed because we have been blaming a symptom.

The culprits behind MBC’s woes are politicians you so dearly support when in opposition. The moment they get to power, if you don’t check them, they will turn into the same monsters you are dealing with today.

The question we must ask Chilima and Lazarus Chakwera, today, is: What legislative steps will your government take to ensure that our parastatals, including MBC, are as transparent and accountable to the public as your government?

The answer to that question, I argue, is a breakpoint to the Malawi we want to have. Not  these usual bash-MBC therapy. It’s a waste of time.

One Malawi, One Nation. Sokole! Sokole!

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Dziko ndi Anthu
Dziko ndi Anthu
9 months ago

Staff members make choices in what to beam or not and not politicians

kanchenga
kanchenga
9 months ago

Really, is that what you think truthfully or your just being another idiot like this hausomething thing. In the first place none in the cases you have mentioned was foul language used and repeated on MBC or any media outlet. Secondly there is life outside MBC so it is not true that they do that to save their jobs. People have been fired from MBC before and are home and dry somewhere else. I can mention many including Kankwatira, Chidzanja Nkhoma. So brother I won’t blame the politicians no. It was not the politicians we heard that evening. It was… Read more »

Zio ine
Zio ine
9 months ago

But Patricia Kaliati has a very acidic tongue . If similar sentiments were said of APM they would justify it as not liking the president. Did you hear what Kaliati said about the Nsundwe terrorist and Ndirande hooligans, she said it was sign that people did not want the president..In a way she is admitting that UTM and MCP have behind these attacks.

Don Dada
Don Dada
9 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Koma kumva ndikuganiza kumakuvutani. You can’t justify that she admitted based on that. Nzeru zakupelewelani

Dan
Dan
9 months ago

Three idiots are there masquarading as announcers they just need to be booted out and never ever shall any media employ them in Malawi

Stanley Mdala
Stanley Mdala
9 months ago

Young Malawians need to know history of Bakili Muluzi as a young man. He stole equivalent of £6 as court clerk and was arrested. This is part of Malawi history. Cassim Chilumpha was an accomplice with Gilzelder the current secretary general in DPP who was involved in multimillion school projects in the 1990.She stole a lot of money from fake school contracts. So the corruption story in regard to Bingu Mutharika is a well known to anyone. Peter Mutharika received millions of Malawi Kwacha from an Asian who was involved in Police rations fake deal and cars donated from procceds… Read more »

Stanley Mdala
Stanley Mdala
9 months ago

Change is coming very soon and these stupid boys being used at MBC to disparage Chilima and UTM and other opposition parties know their days are numbered. What is required to do at MBC and Macra and Escom and Roads Authority and many other parastatals is change the heads or directors from top to bottom. Change the police and army heads and bring rofessionalism. Change the state house security organisations and bring Army Officers to look after security especially Presidential guards not these cadets from police who are bringing politics into the security services. From Mukhito to Mwapasa and Chisale… Read more »

Malawi belong to the citizens

To future leaders of Malawi,if you win change the rules for MBC once and for all.If you fail we will change in our time.We will not tolerate stupid things.We have to be moving towards democratic system of running our country not being in democratic country but the System being used is of one party system.I believe mukonza MBC TV for the benefit of all Malawians.Thats is starting from 02 July 2020.Bakili Muluzi did the same, Bingu did the same and Peter Munthalika is doing the same why?Kulibe za muyaya .

Dziko ndi wanthu
Dziko ndi wanthu
9 months ago

Then vote for the change you want to see in a tonse Alliance.

Whether politicians or staff
Whether politicians or staff
9 months ago

If you add chakwera/chilima votes in 2019, it’s almost 2.8 million, Peter / atupele adds up to 2.2 million votes that’s minus tippex ones, I can’t see all thiz pipo changing and voting for dpp/UDF alliance..copied

Yaya
Yaya
9 months ago

Chicken mathematics. Keep counting Chilima’s votes. People can change and southern region alone has a substantial number of voters. Some of Chilima voters were disgruntled DPP and UDF voters. Musova.

Zio ine
Zio ine
9 months ago

Mavoti sasunga basket kuti akangopereka.

Prophetic
Prophetic
9 months ago

Vote ili mu mtima munaphwanyira ma shop aja akuvotelaninso? nanga akafuna SKC Akhale tsogoleri wa wagwilizano kodi onse akavota, amene alandile ma K35,000 Ta covid Koma ali achigawo chapati ndi ku mpoto akavotera onse o chakwera? be careful

Forgive them
Forgive them
9 months ago

Which politicians should we blame?
There was one Dr Benson Tembo,what a professional he was,the problem is the director general who is a cadet,do you really think a politician can be directing what maseya and his friends do,a d to get Facebook messages on live news bulletin? Shame on mbc management

Chimanga
Chimanga
9 months ago

Mwalemba bwanji ?? Are you backing the MBC ? Let them face the reality .

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