Star FM radio equipment seized again

Plantation House managing agency, Knight Frank has once again seized equipment of one of the Malawi’s private radio stations, Star Radio for failing to pay monthly rentals.

A source, however, could not tell as how much  the station owes Knight Frank.

Nyasa Times visit to the building Monday morning find out that the radio station’s offices were sealed off and guards on duty from Chiloni Security were mum on what had happened.

The station is currently operating from Matindi FM premises in Makata, commercial capital Blantyre.

Matindi FM is owned by businessman Elvis Nserebo, who also purchased Star FM from its founder, Ghanaian preacher Pastor Richard Lutwama and his wife former Nation Publication Limited journalist June Lamba.

This is not the first time for the station to be moved out of Plantation House. Late last year their offices were also sealed for failing to settle rental arrears amounting to K2.5 million.

The situation is said to have dragged Nserebo in awkward situation considering that he was ordered to dispose off one radio station by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA).

The country’s Communications Laws do not allow for one company to hold two broadcasting licenses.

Last month, reports indicated that print media giant Nation Publication Limited (NPL) wanted to purchase Star FM, but the deal is not yet done as the station is still in huge debt due to the financial recklessness of the founders.

Star Radio was, years ago, vacated from Agma building in Maselema for failing to pay rent.

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