The news involving Malawi Congress Party President (MCP) Lazarus Chakwera over mismanagement of public resources at Parliament has taken another twist as party founders have threatened to dismiss Times Media Group Managing Director Leonard Chikadya.
According to a local online news outlet, the party is certain that the institution has some journalists who are Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) sympathizers and who are working to demean Chakwera.
The local paper has further divulged that Chikadya should be approving publication of negative stories about MCP and Its leader in any of the group’s subsidiary brands.
“Among the named journalists are Deogratias Mmana , Gregory Gondwe and Charles Mpaka.
“The family has been informed that some journalists at Times Group are being used as mercenaries for monetary gains to degrade the brand of Chakwera and MCP through the newspapers. This has angered the family who in turn have asked Chikadya to do something or face the chop himself, ” he said .
Recently, Chakwera, Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya, and his two deputies were accused of using vehicles worth MK 300 million at a time Malawians are lamenting of the current socio-economic downturn.
Times group also brought out the issue involving National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) condemning Chakwera for funding demonstrations against DPP.
But some political analyst have said that these stories are intended to cover up and divert people’s minds from Mutharika’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) saga.
Times Group, is owned by the Kamuzu Banda family and it publishes three newspapers namely: Daily Times , Malawi News and The Sunday Times . It also has Times TV and the newly bought Times Radio.