Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) former top dog during late President Bingu wa Mutharika regime Timpunza Mwansambo is under attack by his colleagues at the Mzuzu studios – where he is now bureau chief – for allegedly discriminatory attitude towards some workers, Nyasa Times understands.
Inside sources have said Mwansambo has launched an attack on some of his colleagues , whom he eyes as threats by shouting at them in presence of their juniors for no apparent reasons, too much politicking in his statements and biasness towards certain members of staff.
In a leaked fax document addressed to MBC’s director general Benson Tembo, which Nyasa Times has seen, the employees at the Mzuzu office have since asked senior management to intervene immediately.
“We staff members have been keeping to our hearts so many issues for some time regarding the torture and bad remarks by Mr. Timpunza Mwansambo,” reads the document in part.
It adds: “The following are some of the issues we have regarding our bureau supervisor: bad remarks, unethical way of advising members of staff, calling some members especially northerners as stupid.”
Staff at MBC Mzuzu studio who spoke to Nyasa Times on condition of anonymity further divulged that Mwansambo – who rose drastically from a mere reporter to a senior officer at MBC when Bright Malopa was director general – feels frustrated by his transfer from Blantyre to Mzuzu.
“It seems the sudden loss of glory has badly affected him,” the workers said.
Attempts to get Mwansambo’s side on the story proved futile as his phone went unanswered several times it was called.
Mwansambo and Malopa were some of the most mattering figures at MBC during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime before the death of Mutharika in April, 2012.
Following Mutharika’s death, the two political cowboys suffered heavy blows when President Joyce Banda took over government – with Malopa being sacked as director general and Mwansambo being reduced to a mere bureau supervisor in Mzuzu.