Viola attacks Zodiak, Malawi media for reporting on president’s travel bill

Presidential press officer Geralld Viola has been criticised for attacking private radio station Zodiak and other media watchdogs for exposing the extravagance of the presidency, saying his actions are tantamount to making President Peter Mutharika a dictator.

Viola: The making of a dictator
Viola: The making of a dictator

Zodiak and Nyasa Times reported President Mutharika was chartering a presidential jet costing the struggling poor Malawians billions of money.

But Viola, instead of letting the President address the issue of national importance during a news conference on Wednesday, attacked the radio and some Malawi independent media outlets for probing on President’s travel bill.

He said it was not surprising that Zodiak “were doing commentary like a football match” on the sudden death of late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

Abwana, enafe sitikudabwa kuti wailesi imeneyi imayankhula zimenezi chifukwa ndi omwe aja brother wanu atamwalira, imachemelera ngati mpira,” Viola said in Chichewa during a live broadcast on state radio MBC.

But some Malawians took to the social media describing Viola’s sentiments as those of making of a dictator.

In 2009 Viola miserably failed in primary parliamentary elections in his home in Chikwawa after he borrowed huge sums of money through katapila to fund his political campaign.

He started his career as a news reader at MBC before former minister Sidik Mia hired him as his personal assistant.

In his statement, Mutharika said he took with him a larger than life delegation of 106 people and vehemently defended his position, saying each one of them played a vital role at the UN general assembly in US where they stayed for a month.

Mutharika boasted he does not need money from poor Malawians, saying he has fat bank accounts in the US.

Violla was recently severely criticised for writing heads of ministries and government departments to advertise with Galaxy FM a family business of late Bingu wa Mutharika, with others calling for his head.

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Konzekani Mwaungulu
Konzekani Mwaungulu
5 years ago

ZBS don’t worry politicians loves you when they are out of government

Mapwiya
5 years ago

Iwe Vyola usa limbane ndi zbs ndi wailesi yokhayo imene imatiuza zoona.Koma usaiwale kuti paja umadziwa kuwelenga nkhani pa wailesi ndiye Nyapape akakutaya ngati tishu zbs ikhoza ukulemba ntchito.

Kamuna
5 years ago

True, politicians forget quickly that a day can bring any atmosphere as it did in 2012.

Chimtengo Paul R..
Chimtengo Paul R..
5 years ago

Zapansi Pompano Izi.

ju
ju
5 years ago

Gerald Vyola, ndiwe mbuli siwungalangize prof. peter wachepa kwambili. people like you are the ones who lead to the death of Bingu. If BP rises that man and dies uli mmadzi.

mike
mike
5 years ago

we are all malawians.plz lets lov one another.vyola plz. respect the rights of the medias.osaiwala kuti zbs imatiuza zomwe zikuchitika. Mukapanga zina timvera kwa zodiak.

Iveen
Iveen
5 years ago

Aaaa kodi mukumati Viola kapena Vyola apa nde waolatu

Konyapapa Nyapani
Konyapapa Nyapani
5 years ago

Aunt zomwe ayamba Uncle athuwa zitipindulira koma,atithiratu mphepo akut adalowa ukulu wampingo ndindalama zawo,komanso akut muli inuko iwo ndalama zawo zilipo zambiri,koma pompano Unclewa amapepha amipingo wakumene muli inuko Aunt kut athandize anthu a Church akunowa paja kudagwa chivula chija chidapangitsa kut anthu ampingo wawo ataye miyoyo.Ndiye atamuki ajawa mudawapatsa Sikono aja anawauza Unclewa kut achoke m’mudzi muno akanatu akut sachoka chifukwa timakobiri ali nato todzapangiranso capaign.

Murray
Murray
5 years ago

Kadauluka kadzatela

Mlomwe
Mlomwe
5 years ago

A Viola ndinu kachaniso inu? muziyamba mwaganiza kaye musanatuluse mawu musakomedwe ndi ndalama mukudyazo.Kumeneko ndiye kuwora m’kamwa kwa mlomwe.Alomwe mwanyanya kukokerana ku una pamene alomwe azanu ku Thyolo,mulanje ,phalombe ndi Chiradzulu akufa ndi njala..Kodi mumafuna tizingowonera MBC ya azigogo ija?Kodi chilungamo chisawoneke?A DPP ndinu opusa kwambiri ndipo monga mlomwe waku Thyolo sitikukufunaniso kwathu.Tizawonana 2019

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