Raphael Tenthani Media Centre opens


The United Kingdom (UK) Government yesterday officially opened a media centre called Raphael Tenthani Centre for Media Excellence at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi in Blantyre.

The centre was named in honour of the former The Sunday Times columnist and BBC correspondent Raphael Tenthani who died on May 16 last year.

Acting British High Commissioner to Malawi, Simon Mustard, who opened the centre on behalf of the British Government, asked the media in the country to emulate professionalism of the fallen scribe.


The envoy said the media in Malawi are doing a commendable job by among other things exposing wrong doings in the system.

He said this should give the media the vigour to make Malawi free from corruption.

“There are several countries in which journalists do not have the capacity to report or expose fraud in their countries. Malawian journalists are, however, some of the best in the world who have shown their credibility by exposing among others corruption in the country. I am a supporter of free journalism myself and I would encourage the media to do more,” Mustard said.


Vice Chancellor of the University of Malawi, John Saka, hailed the UK Government for the construction of the centre saying it will improve skills of practicing journalists.

“This is a wonderful innovation as it provides a window for our members of staff, aspiring journalists and veteran journalists to discuss and interact on various issues in the media industry. Through these engagements we add value and quality to the media industry.

Speaking on behalf of Tenthani’s family, Kizito Tenthani, brother to late Raphael, said with the Centre in place, Raphael’s legacy will live on.

The centre has been constructed by the UK Government to the tune of £ 27,000 ( about K25,000,000) .

Meanwhile, Media Council of Malawi (MCM) has also commended the UK Government for the construction of the media centre as it will go along way in helping practicing journalists to conduct researches on various issues.

“None of the media houses in the country has a research centre like the one in question, not even the media council has such a facility and hence there was the gap. I must also thank the UK Government for the recognition of the veteran journalist, Tenthani, it is an honour to us,” Vales Machila MCM Executive Director said.

Tenthani was famed for his social-political column called The Muckraker. The American Embassy also named the Media Institute of Southern Africa—Malawi Chapter’s columnist of the year award after Tenthani.

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