MBC irks Parliament’s committee Chairperson


Chairperson of the Parliament’s Media and Communications Committee has said the committee will summon public broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) over violations of the Communications Act.

According to the Chairperson of the committee, Sam Kawale, MBC Radio and MBC Television have not been complying with the act. He cited biased coverage as one of the violations.

Kawale said he intends to table the matter in Parliament next year.


He said MBC remains unprofessional in its conduct because its management is controlled by politicians.

He further explained that the public broadcaster is breaching media ethics by using chiefs and pastors to castigate opposition leaders without giving them a chance to tell their side of the story.

“Personally, I am not pleased with what is happening at MBC radio and television. It is sad because those heading the institution are media experts who should have known better issues of professionalism and following ethics. Their news stories are not balanced which is a clear indication that they work to please government only instead of serving Malawians,” Kawale said.


However, newly appointed Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicholas Dausi, said the chairperson should have written MBC or follow proper channels before airing his concerns through the media.

The minister added that he is ready to consider Kawale’s concerns and map the best way forward.

“As a ministry, we are set to discuss the matter with the committee. If they have an issue, they should present it to us so that we can find best ways of resolving it. Sharing the concerns through the media is not helpful as there are proper channels of raising such concerns,” Dausi said.

Some quarters of society have criticised MBC for promoting propaganda. Recently, some chiefs castigated leader of the opposition, Lazarus Chakwera, for his criticism of President Peter Mutharika’s leadership.

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