Premier Bus Services (PBS) has offered a coach to freely transport Blantyre-based journalists to and from Mangochi for World Press Freedom day commemorations to take place on Saturday, May 7. The journalists will travel to Mangochi on Friday May 6 and return on Sunday May 8.
Premier Bus Services Managing Director Steve Chitonya said the company has decided to assist the journalists because of the partnership that exists between the company and the media.
He valued the gesture at over K1.5 million, similar to revenue the company could have made with the bus for the three days it will be with the journalists in Mangochi.
The company will also take care of diesel costs as well as pay upkeep allowances for its crew for the three days they will be in Mangochi.
“This is not a loss to us because the partnership is worth much more than that,” said Chitonya.
Receiving the offer, Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa Malawi) Chairperson, Thom Khanje, thanked the company for the gesture, saying about 70 journalists from Blantyre will be able to travel in comfort to and from the celebrations in Mangochi.
“Last year, Premier Bus Service also similarly supported our friends in Blantyre Press Club when they had their annual general meeting in Mangochi. This is only shows that the company is a true friend of the media,” said Khanje.