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MCP reports MBC to Macra

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has written the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), expressing concern over how Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) is covering issues concerning the party.

In a letter dated February 1 2018 addressed to Macra Director General, Godfrey Itaye, MCP says it is concerned about a new programme called Sapita Kawiri and other programmes such as Chindunji, Manifesto Yanu and Ndikati Chete which are aired on MBC.

In the letter, written by second deputy secretary general eisenhower Mkaka, which The Daily Times has seen, MCP is asking Macra to act on the conduct of MBC.

“It is, therefore, in the spirit of being preventive and progressive that we, MCP, write you to exercise your legal mandate to keep MBC in check. We know that, as a body, you have ever summoned Zodiak, Times and others when there were complaints. You did this in exercise of your powers. We look forward to your expeditious and adequate action,” reads the letter.

It has been copied to Macra Board Chairperson Reverend Alex Maulana and Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson, Jane Ansah.

In the letter, MCP has highlighted the problems which may arise for not controlling the media.

“You may wish to know that the infamous Rwandan Genocide, as researched by Mathews Lower and Thomas Hauschildit, was propelled by the use of the media…Radios were airing programmes which were promoting hate against each other [sic]… Thus, MBC ought to know how hate messages they are trying to promote all in the name of sprucing DPP image would put this nation on fire,” reads the letter.

There was no immediate comment from Macra.

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