By Dorica Mtenje

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Leader of opposition in Malawi Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has accused President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse government of torturing journalists.

Nankhumwa argues that torturing journalists is tantamount to violation of media freedom which was happening in one party system.

In an interview with Maravi Post on Saturday, April 23, 2022 Nankhumwa said insulting journalists in the course of their duties reminds Malawians of the one party system where journalists were treated as adversaries to governance issues.

Nankhumwa recalled that during one party system of government scores of journalists were thrown into jail by just asking questions deemed to be antagonistic to the system of government that time.

He said some were even patrol bombed citing one journalist Mkwapatira Mhango.

“It is my belief that Malawians shall oppose any any attempts to take us back to dark ages,” said Nankhumwa.

Recently two cabinet ministers verbally assaulted abused journalist for asking questions of national importance in two different occasions.

Efforts to speak to the minister of information Gospel Kazako proved futile on several.

Chakwera Tonse administration has not yet accelerated implemented the Access to Information Act which was passed in Parliament years agon leaving the media fraternity at a corner of access to Information.

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