• August 8, 2022 4:37 pm

Disgruntled Brian Banda suspended for inciting mutiny against government

Jul 16, 2022

Malawi’s oldest and leading print, online and electronic media house, Times Group, has suspended disgruntled radio and television host Brian Banda for “mobilizing” Malawians to rise against a constitutionally instituted Tonse Alliance government.

 

Malawians from all walks of life this week took to the social media such as Facebook, demanding the dismissal of Banda whom they are accusing of inciting mutiny in a peaceful country.

Apparently, the vocal radio and television host has of late been hostile against the President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera government following his self-orchestrate dismissal from the State House last year.

Banda left Kamuzu Palace following his alleged unbecoming behavior and unprofessionalism, including media gagging which formed State House management to relieve him of certain duties to avoid further embarrassment.

According to sources, after feeling embarrassed that he was being sidelined and not accorded the attention he wanted, Banda unceremonious left State House and lied to Times Group management that he has been dismissed yet he stayed for months still getting government salary.

In 2020, he came under fire for swindling journalists who travelled to Mozambique to cover Chakwera who had gone there to conduct a number of official duties.

But after leaving the State House and return to the Times Group, Brian Banda has been advancing hate speech against President Chakwera.

A case in point is his Kulinji Programme last week where he urged Malawians to rise against the Tonse Alliance.

The statement was received with countless complaints and concerns from objective and well-meaning Malawians who accused of Banda using various programmes he is hosting on Times Radio and TV to settle personal issues against the Chakwera government.

This has prompted the management of Times Group to temporarily relieve the self-imposing celebrity of his duties at the company.

“Yes, I can confirm that Brian Banda has been suspended. The management will make a decision about him in the next few days,” said an insider in a brief interview on Saturday.

A social media fan, Paulus Phiri, has commended the Times Group management for taking a decisive decision on Banda. This is not the first time for Brian Banda to be suspended at the institution.

In 2017, he was suspended for professional misconduct after he was suspected of swindling an international NGO. He, however, told the nation that he had been suspended because he was not “hitting harder on DPP [Democratic Progressive Party].”

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