Lilongwe, January 12, 2018: Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Henry Mussa has acknowledged challenges affecting the Department of Information (DoI) which he said need quick redress to enhance dissemination of news, the core task of the department.

Among the challenges are improper channels of information distribution, small budget allocation, inadequate personnel including reporters and photographers at Malawi News Agency (Mana) headquarters’ newsroom and Boma Lanthu.

The minister appreciated the challenges when he visited offices of the department at area 3 in Lilongwe on Thursday.

Mussa said the ministry would discuss the problems with the Ministry of Finance and Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) to address the challenges.

“We need to do more with the budget because it is quite little, so much that a majority of the works are not carried out.

“We also want our workers to have resources for them to reach out in rural and urban communities with information through distribution of publications like Boma Lanthu and Malawi Lero,” he said.

Mussa further said the ministry would recruit reporters and photographers, including filling all the vacant positions in the department to simplify the work of giving out information to the public and reduce chances of mismanaging the work.

In his remarks, Director of Information, Gideon Munthali concurred with the minister, saying as government’s communication centre, the department needed to have adequate resources like public address equipment, cameras and other tools and policies for it to be effective in information dissemination.

“We have been functioning without enabling policies and strategies in communication but due to the coming in of the minister to our department, we hope that he will put our challenges into consideration,” Munthali told Mana in an interview.