Government has directed top management of state owned Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC TV) to stop broadcasting Tikuferanji soap, over what reports site the play as being ‘too critical’ of it and the Peter Mutharika led regime Malawi24 can report.
Confirming the development, Tikuferanji Producer Michael Usi said the producers of the play have received a letter from MBC TV management that the program will not be shown.
“We have received a letter from MBC TV top management that the show has been deemed to be offensive to others, but discussions are underway and we will fight that the program is there for Malawians,” said Usi.
Earlier, Usi blasted MBC TV director general Aubrey Sumbuleta for blocking the latest ‘Tikuferanji’ episode.
According to Sumbuleta, the episode was deemed to have content not favorable to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government.
Tikuferanji was initiated by Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) as an advocacy program and it addresses issues of human rights, gender, democracy and other issues.
In 2008, the radio version of the show received the radio play of the Year Award at MBC Entertainers of Year Awards, and it has been voted the best advocacy program in Malawi.