Leader of the Opposition Professor Lazarus Chakwera on Monday this week threatened to move a motion blocking any possible funding from Government to the state run Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).
Chakwera said it is time that MBC should operate without bias and favouritism towards the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
’’Among other things, I call for the emancipation of our traditional, civil, and religious leaders from the bond of political patronage and allow them to concentrate on their noble callings within our communities. Parading traditional, civil and religious leaders on state broadcaster (MBC) to vilify those with different opinion from that of Government should stop hence forth as it is a waste of time and taxpayer funds,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera said he expects MBC to operate like Southern African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), or Botswana TV, or else let MBC fund itself.
’’Our suggestion therefore is that MBC should be granted independence to operate truly like a state broadcaster just like other similar institutions in the region (e.g. the SABC, Botswana TV). Furthermore, the persecution of independent media for attempting to give Malawians the other side of the story should stop since this tendency denies Malawians access to information as provided by the law.’’
Chakwera said Malawians are intelligent enough to differentiate between mere rhetoric and substance and cannot be hoodwinked into believing that government is performing by listening to the propaganda fed panelists cartooning themselves on state television or radio.
“If the current pattern continues, we will bring a motion at the next sitting of Parliament to defund the state broadcaster to protect taxpayers’ money from being abused in this wasteful way,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera also describe the State of the Nation address as just “copy and paste.”