Zodiak’s Gospel new Malawi govt spokesperson: Simwaka is Secretary to Treasury

Owner of Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) Gospel Kazako has been appointed by President Lazarus Chakwera as Minister of Information and becomes the new government’s spokesperson.

Gospel Kazako: Minister of Information

Chakwera Wednesday named a 31-member full Cabinet, which comprises 23 full ministers and 8 Deputy Ministers.

In a statement released by Chief Secretary to the Government, Zangazanga Chikhosi, the full Cabinet has a total of 16 Members of Parliament, with the other appointments coming from various sectors.

Kazako, a seasoned broadcaster who is Managing Director for Zodiak, was named as Minister of Information and will be key as  President Chakwera promised during his inauguration speech to operationalise the Access To Information Act passed in 2016, but was left to gather dust ever since.

But commentator Stanley Onjezani Kenani critiqued the Cabinet appointment s and zeroed in on Kazako, saying Minister of Information is an ex-officio member of the Malawi Regulatory Authority (Macra), which regulates radios and television stations.

“Granted he could make a show of relinquishing ownership, but, frankly, if ZBS were to flout regulations, would he close it?” wondered Kenani in a post on Facebook.

Born on December 29, 1968, Kazako founded Zodiak in 2005 after working for the tax-payer funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation. He is also a known poet and voice-over artist.

Nyasa Times understands that Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Chancy Simwaka has been reassigned to Ministry of Finance as Secretary to Treasury.

Simwaka is a former Budget Director at Ministry of Finance.

President Chakwera also named other appointments to the heads of Reserve Bank, the Malawi Revenue Authority, and the National Intelligence Service.

Wilson Banda has replaced Dalitso Kabambe as Governor of the Central Bank, while John Bizwick has been appointed as Commissioner General for the revenue collecting body.

Dokani Ngwira has been named as Director General for the National Intelligence Service.

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Tamandani Bandah
Tamandani Bandah
7 months ago

Malawian when they see something wrong they have to speak out, amalawi asamayakhule pa voti yokhayokha tidikilaso 5 years kuti akayakhule, mesa mati a Malawi ayakhula pa voti ndiye awa ndimayakho mwe amalawi amayembekezera, kapena adikileso 5 years ina ikubwelayi kuti adzayakhule mayakhulidwe awo omwe sayankhidwawo democracy sipovota pokha ayi, ngati amalawi ayakhula ndiye kuti sizibwino, chitsilu chinawo khondo, koma khondo ili kumalawi wina aliyense amatha kuyiona, uphawi ndi misonkho yayikuluyikulu ndiye khondo imene imawapha zedi, chitengeleni ufulu palibe chimene tingaloze kuti ichi chokomera tonse amalawi
Musawatsirutse amalawi

Mike Bamusi
Mike Bamusi
7 months ago

Kabambe wakuwona mpeni umazunza kwambiri.Insurance company inayake umafunampaka utaitaeka because of politics.wawonatsopano matama atha..Kumadzichepetsa like a china Donbell

Chitumbuwa
Chitumbuwa
7 months ago

This is media capture by the state. Is there any media house left to offer balanced coverage regarding the state? Ngozi!!!

Duntu wa Nasibeko
7 months ago

This is obviously conflict of interest. MACRA reports to Ministry of Information which will be headed by Kazako. Kazako owns Zodiak Broadcasting Station. Broadcasting Regulations are drafted and promulgated by the minister of information. Broadcasting policies are made by the minister of information. The Communications Act gives powers to the minister of information to provide guidance to MACRA. The minister is part of MACRA Board through his Principal Secretary. Zodiak is regulated by MACRA which reports to the Minister of Information. Boma ili silitithandiza sure. Masanje enieni. Do you mean Saulos with his vast experience in the corporate sector didn’t… Read more »

Bwande
Bwande
7 months ago

Ok what about Kasakula , Nanga ife Obwande tayesesa kuthandiza kuchosa Melekano KKKKKKKKK Ochasika Mwatisiya kkkkkkkkk

George Victor
7 months ago

Conflict of interest…

Dukakis Jones
Dukakis Jones
7 months ago

Pure conflict of interest.

Chataika
Chataika
7 months ago

Nobody can make a perfect Cabinet looking at the parameters of tonse parties, regions, gender, youthfulness, technocrats, corrupt free ect but what we expect is performance and end corruption. Give them a chance to prove themselves. Do not have vedetter against some individuals, each person is an individual entity, never exist as a family or a relation. Everybody pulls by him/herself. Do not judge before you read the book. As we go along, non performers and corrupters will be chopped off.

Mark
Mark
7 months ago

Koma izi zosankhana nyumba imodzi mkukhala ya nzeru nzoopsa. Koma kwa Gospel congrats

G Zali
G Zali
7 months ago

Gospel congrats. Learn from Thom Mpinganjira. He had his empire going on well until he forgot what he built. You have your billions through Zodiak, stay in your lane.

chipatso mbewe
chipatso mbewe
7 months ago
Reply to  G Zali

zoona

Truth
Truth
7 months ago
Reply to  G Zali

Great piece of advice

clement
clement
7 months ago
Reply to  G Zali

Mpinganjira was corrupt. Gospel is a minister of information big difference let him contribute to our nations development

SEASON_BOY
SEASON_BOY
7 months ago
Reply to  G Zali

Well said….

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