After heavy criticism from various organizations for his demeaning and verbal attack to a Nation Publications Journalist, the deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works Charles Mchacha has succumbed to pressure and apologized for his misconduct.
Mchacha verbally attacked National Publications Limited Investigative Journalist Bobby Kabango for probing into how he acquired a parcel of land from Malawi Housing of Corporation (MHC) through the Ministry of Lands.
Media Institute of Southern Africa – MISA Malawi Chapter and Human Rights Consultative Committee – HRCC demanded public apology from the minister.
There have also been calls for President Peter Mutharika to relieve Mchacha of his ministerial posts for bringing government into disrepute.
MISA Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga asked information Minister Mark Botoman to disassociate government from Mchacha’s conduct.
Mchacha made the apology to Kabango in presence of MISA Malawi officials and HRCC’s Executive Director Robert Mkwezalamba including NPL’s Alfred Mtonga.
Meanwhile, various stakeholders have faulted delays in the operationalization of the Access to Information Law in the country is a major contributing factor to the infringement of media freedom in the country.
Responding to the calls of ATI operationalization Information, Minister Botoman appealed for patience among Malawians as his ministry has outlined guidelines and regulations to govern the Act which, he said, is still being screened at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.