Newly appointed board chairperson of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Reverend Vasco Kachipapa appeared before the Public Appointments Committee (Pac) of Parliament Thursday for his new post’s confirmation hearing where he assured the committee of reforms.
Kachipapa said the public broadcaster has not been serving the will and expectations of Malawians and that it needs human resource auditing.
“I have seen that MBC has not been working to the expected results from the citizens of this nation. As a board chairperson together with colleagues, when we go there, we would like to examine the structure.
“We may need to audit that organisation and know who is holding what position,” Kachipapa said after meeting members of the committee.
He said they would want to establish employees’ qualifications and understand why they have been underperforming.
Responding to the questions from the committee, Kachipapa assured them that the taxpayer-funded broadcaster will be reformed and that it will not succumb to the pressure that compromises its set policies.
Pac Chairperson, Joyce Chitsulo, has indicated that the appointing authority has withdrawn one of the appointees, Alekeni Menyani, who is expected to be replaced.
She said it was the expectation of the committee that Menyani would be replaced by a female appointee.
Kachipapa responded to a set of questions from Pac members on his competence to hold the position.
On the case of suspended Director-General of the state broadcaster, Aubrey Sumbuleta, he said the board would also meet to establish the truth and make a decision thereafter.
Sumbuleta was suspended to pave way for investigations on his alleged sexual abuse of female employees.
“It might be possible that there are more issues than what has been heard, and that many might have had their rights violated” Kachipapa said.
On the other hand, he said it is possible that not everything against Sumbuleta is true.
President Lazarus Chakwera dissolved boards of parastatals in July this year before appointing new ones last month.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.