Sad times for Malawi democracy as Tonse capture media and CSOs

The terrain of Malawi mainstream media and, also, that of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) isn’t looking pretty.

Kazako: Government spokesperson and his Zodiak now towing the Tonse Alliance line

We have entered a disturbing chapter in our democracy as far holding governments to account is anything to go by.

There is no denying here: Most key media houses and vibrant CSOs have been strategically folded in government armpits and this, unarguably, should worry all of us.

Brian Banda was a great voice in asking right and provoking questions to duty-bearers. He is at State House now where he will be defending the duty-bearer number 1: President Lazarus Chakwera.

His former boss George Kasakula, another powerful voice both on television and print in defense of democracy, is rumored to be joining State-controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).

Times Group—which runs Times TV, Times Radio, Malawi News, Daily Times, Sunday Times and Times Online—is, principally, controlled by the ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) as it is owned by Kamuzu’s family, most of them are in the cabinet.

Renowned broadcaster and powerful voice in defense of democracy, Gospel Kazako, is now in charge of defending government.  Though he promised that his Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) will be neutral but we know they can’t for obvious reasons.

We can waste a sentence on MBC. Forget the rhetoric; that station will never be a voice in defense of democracy. It will always be a tool for defending those in power.

The situation isn’t different from CSOs. Malawi’s powerful voices in CSOs are those running the Human Rights Defenders Coalitions (HRDC).

We know HRDC founding leader, the fierce voice, Timothy Mtambo is now a Minister in Chakwera government.

If you have noted the trend with HRDC as I write, they have never taken a stand against several issues that Malawians have complained against the Chakwera. The least they tried was when they met the President over concerns on the Cabinet—something HRDC said they have given the President time.

Instead HRDC continues to be vocal, though concentrating on the excess of the former DPP regime.

Put it simply, the main media houses and major CSOs voices appear to have been muted through the president’s strategic moved to have most of them with him.

This, arguably, calls for more voices to emerge. Currently, Malawians will keep their eyes on Nation Publications Limited (NPL), Rainbow TV and some emerging CSOs such as CDEDI, Malawi Watch for critical voices.

Otherwise we have entered a disturbing chapter where key voice in defense of democracy have been strategically captured—something, as a nation, we need to rethink and find a better way to handle it.

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For the of the country
For the of the country
9 months ago

I think in 2025 we better try mbakuwaku maybe he will do something different from the rest of the leaders.
This can definitely tell and confirm us that Bingu and kamuzu it was a calling to the country.

Faka Mpweya
Faka Mpweya
9 months ago

The author of this article is a wise man. Enanu munangozolowera kutsutsa lopanda nako nzeru. This article is just a reflection of what is happening in Malawi nasty democracy. More fire buddy tili limodzi amazitenga ngati iwowa ndi Angelo. Malawians are watching HRDC inali kuti mmesa inachita kupopedwa ndi omwewa. Watch out.

laws
laws
9 months ago

zazingono izo,tinagwesa MCP yaKAMUZU aka ndi kachani aka

myfriend
myfriend
9 months ago

Gospel is probably the most useless information minister who talks without any intelligence. He was making noise about access to infromation but now he is quite because he has realised that the dog will bite them as people would expose the rot that is happening in tonse alliance.

Lloyd
Lloyd
9 months ago

Those that he deproy , they r good readers .there will be no bellout of mbc

Shadreck meza
9 months ago

Thats old MCP tactics they dont want any media to critsise them no change this is worse.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
9 months ago

As much as I think that Tonse Alliance is on the right track & that they will deliver without any doubt BUT this article is true. Now it is difficult to get real news. At the moment is just praise singing.

GRM
GRM
9 months ago
Reply to  Keen Observer

True. I was angry with the cabinet issue. Chakweras cabinet is actually Lilongwe cabinet. When APM was regionalistic, Chakwera has stooped so low to be districtristic yet HRDC could only go to have a cap of tea with the president.

Mina
Mina
9 months ago

Learn from SABC how they broadcasts it’s news , saona Mbali Kaya olamula or otsutsa ma demonstration zofuna zawanthu ananena osakondela Mbali. Koma MBC sitha kudzudzula zonyansa zamuboma even times zodiac can still continue watching the government pa zabwino or zolakwika

SPIRITUAL WATCHER.
SPIRITUAL WATCHER.
9 months ago

Iweyo ndi nthawi yako you uzichita zonwe ukuwanenawo ankachita. Uchioa ukamwa Panadol

GonapaDindi
9 months ago

Useless Handclappers, opanda chanzeru chimene munganenepo

Malinyero
9 months ago

The media is too corrupt that is why it only reported negative stories about DPP despite DPP delivering balanced development. Times tv and radio are the most political media houses good for nothing. They report to satisfy their egos basi.

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