MACRA denies political involvement
MACRA told the press in Mzuzu that it had revoked some licenses to other media houses because they had failed to meet the conditions agreed upon the day the licenses were granted.
Malawi: Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has denied allegations that it is being used by politicians, but claims that it follows laws that have been passed since, according to Daudi Suleman, Macra's Director General.
He emphasized that the body is governed by its five principles, which are transparency, certainty, market orientation, efficiency, and consumer satisfaction, and that it cannot be used in any way as claimed.
Suleman told the press in Mzuzu that it had revoked some licenses to other media houses because they had failed to meet the conditions agreed upon the day the licenses were granted.
"It is our responsibility to ensure that all procedures are followed because the money they are still withholding is for Malawians," he said.
“We are aware that many Malawians are dissatisfied with some of the stations whose licenses have been revoked. However, Malawians must understand that no matter what, they must pay what they owe the body.”
One of the community radio reporters asked the Macra body to at least forgive the community stations that had their licenses revoked, claiming that it was because they didn't have a lot of money because they were struggling.
However, Macra's Director General stated that this would not be possible.
"In Malawi, we have nearly 20 community radios and only two, Usisya radio, and Chirundu, still owe MACRA, which means that community radios are doing well."
Meanwhile, Suleman stated that the licenses are no longer being distributed to those in need due to a lack of frequencies.
Macra, which aims to promote the delivery of safe, reliable, secure, and affordable communication services in Malawi through effective regulations, research, and innovation, held this meeting with Airtel Malawi, TNM, MTL, and Helios Towers.