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MBC Ordered to Stop all reporting on Elections

By Amalawi - Fri May 23, 2:36 pm

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Blantyre, Malawi: The Malawi broadcasting Corporation has been ordered to stop all reporting on elections. The directive has been issued by a Mr Wellington Kuntaja . The Director Mr Benson tembo has been ordered to go on forced leave for failing to cover the press conference of Joyce Banda yesterday.

MBC TV did not cover the press conference live where she demanded Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to stop radio stations announcing unofficial results.

The President also demanded a recount of the votes manually.

But MBC did not cover it live and instead it just recorded it and aired it part of the conference later and not in full as it has been the case before the elections.

“Today, on instructions from former President Joyce Banda, MBC Board Chairperson Evans Namanja has written Dr Tembo to proceed on forced leave,” states a post on Facebook.

The suspension also comes as the national broadcaster has been covering the May 20 Tripartite Elections without bias in which President Banda is set to lose by wide margin.

Tembo confirmed his suspension to The Nation newspaper.

Benson Tembo - Sent on forced Leave

Benson Tembo – Sent on forced Leave

“Tembo has confirmed to us and says he suspects it’s because he refused to air live JB’s press briefing yesterday,” twitted The Nation newspaper on Friday.

Heads will roll at MBC with President Banda set to lose the polls according to unofficial results for the Presidential Elections.

She appointed Tembo after the sacking of Bright Malopa and the MBC management made radical changes with journalists, who were too loyal tno her predecessor Bingu Wa Mutharika being sidelined.

Timpuza Mwansambo, who was transferred to Mzuzu was given a rare task to anchor the broadcasting of the unofficial results.

Mwansambo, Mgeni Kalirani, Mzati Nkolokosa, Vincent Khonyongwa are among the journalists who were left in the cold by the Joyce Banda administration because they were deemed to be too loyal to President Bingu Wa Mutharika.

Khonyongwa also in a move to reposition himself covered the press conference called by Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Peter Mutharika and Malawi Congress Party’s Dr Lazarus Chakwera are front runners to win the Presidential Elections.

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