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State House extends weekly briefing hiatus

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The State House has extended the suspension of weekly briefings that have been taking place at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe to protect journalists and State House officials from Covid infection.

The briefings, which initially started on weekly basis before being changed to bi-monthly, were supposed to resume in January.

At the event, which the Tonse Alliance-led administration introduced in September last year, journalists could ask President Lazarus Chakwera questions on issues affecting Malawians.

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The President’s Press Secretary Brian Banda said they were ready to resume the activity in January but decided otherwise over concerns related to rising cases of Covid in the country.

“Due to the second wave of the pandemic, we do not want to risk the lives of journalists and State House officials.

“Otherwise you, [journalists] are free to call us anytime on issues you want clarification on. We cannot risk your life and the life of those who stay here as far as Covid is concerned,” he said.

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During the briefings, Banda and State House Director of Communications Sean Kampondeni were responding to questions from journalists.

The briefings were being held every Monday at 11am, where Kampondeni and Banda were also providing a detailed account of the President’s itinerary.

The last briefing was held on December 14 last year.

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