The Time has Come
- Malawi-Television Muluzi
Inaugurates MALAWI'S Premier
Africa News Service
BLANTYRE, Malawi (PANA, 04/01/99) - Malawi's much-awaited national
television station was inaugurated in Blantyre Thursday by President Bakili
Muluzi, describing it as a landmark for his government's efforts to promote
freedom of expression.
"We made sure that this project comes to pass in order to promote freedom of
expression in the country" of over 10 million people, he said.
Witnessing the launch was Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi and Namibia's
information minister, Ben Amadila.
Moi advised Malawians to use television as a tool for development, not as a
platform to promote violence and immorality.
"Your television should not influence the youth into violence and immorality," he
Muluzi asked the staff of the TV to heed Moi's advise, saying he would make
sure professional ethics are followed at the state-run station.
"This will never be allowed to be a chewgum of immorality and violence," he
One of the country's topmost broadcaster, Benson Tembo, who is coordinator
for the project, said the project had been bugged down by a number of
"The pull-out of Malaysia's TV3 hit us hard," he said.
The station will initially be broadcast to an audience living within a radius of 80
km from the station in Blantyre.
According to a published survey, Malawi has about 40,000 TV sets which
Tembo said will translate into the station having 250,000 viewers.
Namibia played a big role in traing staff of the television.
The equiment was supplied by Sony UK with funds the Malawi government
borrowed from Equator Bank of Lusaka, Zambia.