Journalist Steven Maseya has resigned from Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) after allegedly noting that the public broadcaster’s management was planning to fire him following his involvement at a recent Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) press conference in Mangochi.
Maseya was scheduled to appear before the disciplinary hearing committee over his involvement at the DPP news conference in Mangochi where he offered an opening prayer.
The presser was addressed by former Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika, who strongly observed that the current administration has failed Malawians and asked President Dr Lazarus Chakwera to resign immediately.
Mutharika further said looking at the country’s economic status, it is clear that Chakwera’s administration has lost direction.
Mutharika’s observations also followed continuous shortage of forex and fuel, which have a strong bearing on the country’s already battered economy.
Now, after the presser, Maseya found himself in hot soup, as MBC management, led by Director General George Kasakula, demanded explanation from him, particularly why he used the Corporation’s resources to attend the DPP presser and without approval his authorities.
He was later summoned to a disciplinary hearing but after sniffing that management seized the opportunity to axe him, the former secondary school teacher resolved to resign from the Corporation not to lose some terminal benefits.
“He came last Friday to drop the car he was using after tendering his resignation letter.
“He knows he was in the wrong. public officers are not supposed to be attending such events and there is no way he could have survived at the Disciplinary hearing. He has done a good decision,” said one of the employees, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Maseya, who has served the Corporation for nearly 20 years, equally confirmed the development.
In November 2020, he was arrested over allegations that he was sharing fake Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination on social media.
Maseya, who was being considered as DPP cadet at the public broadcaster, was the Controller of Development Broadcasting Unit (DBU) in the Eastern Region.
DBU is an arm of MBC that focuses on developments communication. Before the change of government in 2020, Maseya was the Controller of Program (TV section).