Newly appointed Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Patricia Kaliati, has said piracy is evil and that it is high time pirates stopped the malpractice.
Kaliati said many artists in the country were failing to reap from their sweat because of piracy and that she was happy that the Copyright Bill had been passed in Parliament.
“As a ministry we will make sure that we work hand in hand with artists to stop piracy. Let me say it here that personally I will make sure that artists benefit from their sweat because once they are successful economically the nation will grow,” she said.
She said that there was a lot of talent in the country and called on people to support them by buying original works.
Kaliati also said that as a ministry they have several projects and that they will sit down with all the sectors attached to her ministry to work together.
Recently, Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) President Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango welcomed the appointment of Kaliati although he was quick to point out that culture is tossed around from one ministry to the other during cabinet reshuffles.
Mhango said they have lots of challenges as the creative industry and called upon Kaliati to help them including meeting President Peter Mutharika.