BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)–Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) board has appointed Times Group Editor In Chief, George Kasakula, who is also a well known Malawi Congress Party’s (MCP) propagandist, as the public broadcaster’s new director-general.
Kasakula has confirmed to local media receiving the appointment letter.
He replaces Aubrey Sumbuleta who is currently answering charges of rape and abuse of office.
Kasakula, the Editor in Chief for MCP Mouth-Piece Times Group, has been a critic of former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The appointment of Kasakula who once contested at MCP’s Primaries in Kasungu follows rubber-stamping interviews the board conducted some weeks ago.
According to Minister of Information, Gospel Kazako, about seven people attended the interviews.
The minister has congratulated Kasakula for his new role at the State-owned broadcaster which has Television and two radio stations.
“The Board of Directors for the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation has appointed Mr George Kasakula as its Director General.
“The Ministry of Information congratulates Mr Kasakula for his appointment as we look forward to his contribution to the construction, recalibrating and repositioning of the institution, making it an MBC of the people of Malawi,” wrote Kazako on his facebook page.
The Position of Director General at the state broadcaster fell vacant after the board fired Aubrey Sumbuleta over incompetence.
The appointment of Kasakula confirms people’s fears that President Lazarus Chakwera might bring back Malawi again to undemocratic leadership by silencing critical voices and buying media houses through appointments.
The Kasakula’s appointment now means that MBC, Times Group and Zodiak Broadcasting Corporation (ZBS) are under the armpits of the Tonse Alliance government.