MALAWI: MEDIA/MBC/1/3/18 SABANews 1
LILONGWE – The government of MALAWI has reacted angrily to what State House says is deliberate campaign against President PETER MUTHARIKA and FIRST Lady GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA.
MBC News says the authorities have especially issued a stern warning against an individual who has taken the lobby to the social media platform WHATSAPP.
It says the character, going under the name SUANDERS JUMAH, is allegedly attacking the FIRST Family and spreading false reports on the widely accessed telephonic medium.
His latest claim purports FIRST Lady MUTHARIKA has used an employee of the Revenue Authority, named as ROZA MBILIZI, to steal money from the national entity.
The JUMAH character, presumably a man, claims the money would then go into a company allegedly owned by the FIRST Lady, going under the name the BEAUTIFY MALAWI.
However, the national broadcaster says Mr JUMAH admits in the posting he does not have any evidence to support the accusations against FIRST Lady MUTHARIKA.
It quotes the State House as saying the FIRST Lady, a former Member of Parliament between 2009 and 2014, has no business ties with any ROSA MBILIZI, and neither does she run a firm called BEAUTIFY MALAWI.
The statement says the 58-year-old FIRST Lady is actually Patron of the Beautify MALAWI Trust, a charity group with no links whatsoever with the said ROSA MBILIZI.
Meanwhile, State House has accused the MALAWI NEWS and DAILY TIMES newspapers of acting as political propaganda mouthpieces of the opposition, and former ruling, MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY.
The authorities say the media outlets have completely thrown journalistic ethics to the wind, choosing to commit space to damage the character of President MUTHARIKA and selected legislators.
MALAWI NEWS allegedly lied the government released more than 55-THOUSAND-100 US dollars’ worth of projects to 86 MPs, as reward for voting against an Electoral Reforms Bill last DECEMBER.
It claims the money comes after an agreement the lawmakers allegedly reached with the Head of State when they met him before tabling of the then proposed law.
However, State House MALAWI says it is disturbing because the workers at the publication have circulated the distortion due to lack of knowledge that the President does not allocate any national project funds./Sabanews/cam