Overzealous Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) Director General Charles Nsaliwa and Macra board chairman Ted Nandolo have been embarrassed when the ruling People’s Party (PP) returned the party cloth which the two bought to please party gurus.
Insiders said Nsaliwa convinced his board chairman that they should buy the PP party cloth and donate to the party as one way of ‘helping’ the party in power.
“They bought 50 rolls of PP cloth but they had a rude awakening when the party returned the cloth. They are very embarrassed,” said our source.
PP officil confirmed to have returned to Macra the cloth after noticing that government resources were used to purchase the cloth.
“As you know, in PP we believe in respecting government resources and when we discovered that Macra had used government resources to acquire the party cloth, we told them we cannot have it, so we returned it,” said the official.
He said the ruling party is against abuse of resources through statutory corporations saying, they have in the past refused to use Escom vehicles to ferry people to its party meetings.
“As a party we will source our own funds to fund party activities including the party cloth. If others were doing it, then it is them not us, we are different,” added Msonda.
Nsaliwa declined to comment when contacted by Nyasa Times saying the publication is bent on destroying him.
While Nandolo, who was so powerful during the DPP regime, referred Nyasa Times to Nsaliwa.
This is not the first time for Macra to donate to a political party. The media reported that the organisation spent a whopping K300 million on campaign calendars and other campaign materials to the former ruling DPP.
Group chief executive officer for Press Corporation Limited (PCL) professor Matthews Chikaonda on Tuesday accused Macra of being political.
Chikaonda said he did not understand why the regulatory body was paying K800 million (close to $3.2m) dividend to government instead of erecting towers in remote areas to facilitate telecommunications development
He also attacked Macra’s controversial ‘spy machine’ which was encouraged by the DPP regime.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The story had earlier quote Ken Msonda. It is not the PP official who spoke to Nyasa Times. The official is not authorised to speak to the media and opted for anonymity. But the party machinery confirmed the development.
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