Times editors donate Mutharika’s handouts to orphanage

Four editors of Times Media Group which owns several newspaper titles in Malawi and a television station have donated to Chritian Organisation of Oprhans  in Malawi  the cash they received from Malawi President Peter Mutharika in what is widely criticised as  a bribe to silence the Malawi journalists from playing their watchdog role.

Times editorial boss Ligomeka presenting the donated items to Bishop Mbewe

Times editorial boss Ligomeka presenting the donated items to Bishop Vincent Mbewe of the organisation

Mutharika gave envelopes containing K50,000 ($125) to over 80 journalists  from various media houses across the country –  some even receiving more depending on their status–  during  a dinner he organized for the media practitioners at  hilltop Sanjika Palace in Blantyre last Tuesday.

The editors;  Gracian Tukula who is head of news for Times TV, Innocent Chitosi editor for Malawi New,  MacDonald Bamusi  editor for Sunday Times and Brian Ligomeka Managing Editor for the Times Group used the money to buying assorted items which they donated to an orphanage on Tuesday (a week later).

In as story monitored on Times TV  news cast on Tuesday which was anchored by former State House press officer  Brian Banda,  Ligomeka said they initially decided to return the money to the President but reversed the decision.

“We thought it wise to instead emulate the gesture shown by the President by giving us huge sums of money to also donate it to the needy,” said Ligomeka.

Reports also show that editor for the Nation Publications Limited a rival media house to Times group George Kasakula was the only journalist who returned the money to the presidential press officer Fredrick Ndala soon after opening the envelope and realised there was cash.

The BBC Malawi correspondent Raphael Tenthani has described the Sanjika saga as “the most stupid way to bribe people.”

Tenthani said he and few others journalists have committed the money for a charity towards the health bill for former Malawi News editor Limbani Moya who is currently in India to undergo kidney transplant.

Alaudin Osman, editor in-chief for the privately owned Capital Radio which he owns, was the  first one to sound an alarm through a story aired on his radio a day after he also pocketed the money.

Few days later Tukula,   wrote on his Sunday Times column that he was failing to gauge the meaning of the money from the president.

Mutharika, through government spokesman Kondwani Nankhumwa,  duped the unsuspecting journalists by saying that the envelopes contained the president’s plans for the media.

However, many journalists who received the money have used it without complaining.

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Chilungamo Chimawawa

MBC (Mutharika Broadcasting Corporation) is quiet on this one but if it were something to do with Joyce Banda you would have heard them making noise like mad dogs!


it is inconceivable for the government to keep on whinning that it does not have money and yet someone is busy flashing unsolicited cash. I still do not believe that this move was sanctioned by the well learned lawyer cum president. If indeed this is what transpired, then I have my reservations for Mr President to let those surrounding him give stupidiest advises. Wake up Mr. President. use your intelligence and wisdom that these are archaic tactics.




There is only one meaning: here is some money for you so that you only write nice things about me. This shows naivete on the part of anyone who accepted and kept this bribe, and ignorance on the part of the giver. What an insult to a profession which should be honest, above being bought to give good press! I commend those who passed it on to the children of Malawi, who should have been at the forefront of the president’s mind. He, however, was more interested in getting ‘good press coverage’! Where are the leaders of Malawi?

Mwana ovuta

Mwakanika usogoleri a Apm, mungoutulapasi bwanji??, U can force a donker to a river but u can’t force it to drink water. Musawaseke pa kamwa ma jounalist apange ntchito yawo mosaopa munthu, ndimwaukadaulo.


he wants positive media reports, I suggest he starts by doing something positive….

Vidiadha Phiri

This government is not serious to run this country. Mukumwanza ndalama chonchi pamene out there teachers are crying for their salaries. Workers rom court are on strike asking for their increment

Donors have taken note already. This so called professor is really messing this County up just like his brother did. Guess stupidity does run in the family. Sorry to say but it seems as if corruption really does start at the top. Those journalist that accepted the bribe, even if you gave it away you are an equal guilty partner in the crime committed. It just shows you how cheap your integrity is. Shame on you all. And now that you have eaten then 50,000 or bought a few drinks and hookers are you going to write nice things about… Read more »
Chatty Man

We are not even a year yet with this pres, but hey look at all these tornadoes of corruptions. Ziliko only in malawi.

chitipa wenya

Heheeeeeeeeeee boma ilo losasankhidwa ndi yehova, lobela mavoti likubanso ndalama za poor Malawians, muona mkwiyo wa Mulungu

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