The Minister of Information, Gospel Kazako on Wednesday toured Malawi Broadcasting Corporation-MBC with pledge to reconstruct and bring a new way of doing things at the Corporation. He toured MBC studios at the Television Centre.
The minister said the Tonse Alliance government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that there is a new wave of operations at MBC that will serve all Malawians regardless of their political affiliation or tribe.
Kazako said it was pathetic to note that MBC has been operating as a political tool and favoring a few individuals that were aligned to the previous ruling party.
“Malawi Broadcasting Corporation MBC was establish to serve the nation in Informing, Educating and entertaining the nation. Unfortunately, the public broadcaster turned away from its core responsibility and became a political tool where a ruling party would dictate the affairs of the corporation,” said Kazako.
Kazako said a new wave has come and MBC ought to stop operating under a political colour and instead, the corporation should restore its lost glory by being Professional in its operations. Kazako noted with concern that during the DPP administration, only those that were politically connected to the former government were considered and given opportunities despite some of them lacking qualifications and skills. He then described MBC as a bad boy that need to change its ways.
The minister then stressed that government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that people are employed on merit and not on political grounds. While giving a word of hope to the staff, Kazako emphasized that during the reconstruction and sanitization of MBC, some employees will fall casualties.
Kazako further put it straight that the Tonse alliance will ensure transparency and accountability by operationalizing the Access to Information law.
On his part, MBC Director General Aubrey Sumbuleta admitted that the corporation has not done a good job in some respects and pledged never to repeat the past mistakes. The minister is expected to inspect a number of companies and institutions that report to his ministry as part of his familialization tour.