The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has closed Chisomo Radio in Salima which was being illegally operated by Jefferson Saguga.
Confirming the development on Monday, Macra communications officer Clara Mulonya said Saguga was charged with two offences under section 98 1(a) and (3) which states: “Any person who operates a radio station, except ~[a] and a radio exempted under subsection of section 35, or [b] a radio station controlled by the authority pursuant to section 43, without a lincence issued or deemed to have been issued under part IV shall be guilty of an offence”.
She said the illegal broadcaster has since been handed a 6 month suspended sentence for 3 months by the Salima first magistrate court.
Mulonya said the court showed Saguga leniency because he pleaded guilty and did not waste their time. According to Mulonya, the convict started operating the radio more than a month ago and he defied Macra’s warning on the illegal act.
Saguga has since been told not to operate the radio station again until he fulfills all regulatory obligations.