Sep 26, 2017 Last Updated 1:25 PM, Sep 25, 2017

The German Ambassador to Malawi Jurgen Borsch is speaking in support of the recently passed land laws.

Veteran soldiers of the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) are demanding for improved welfare of retired military officers to match high commodity costs in Malawi which is battling an economic downturn.

Representatives of private media houses in the country are taking a bold stand following their deteriorating relationship with the Malawi president.

It comes against a background of counter-criticisms on the health of Peter Mutharika after he took a long and unexplained stay in the USA.

He had gone there to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

His absence and official silence on his well-being triggered negative speculation on social media and sections of the press.

Together with their umbrella organisations, the Media Council of Malawi and the National Media Institute of Southern Africa -NAMISA, private media houses have issued a statement, referred to as The Mount Soche Declaration.

Signed by various media houses the declaration captures their concerns and possible steps that would be taken in light of the souring relationship with Capitol Hill.

According to deputy chairperson of NAMISA, the declaration has been made with the support of Media Council, NAMISA and media owners.

Yvonne Sundu says the public will be receiving limited information on the government through state owned broadcasters.

But she was quick to point out that those who follow private media houses should expect a blackout of news on the head of state and cabinet ministers.

NAMISA is certain that the blackout is a good portrayal on their fury following the president’s attacks on the media.

 They have also threatened to boycott press conferences by the president arguing that they not for the press but rallies which usually end up getting politicized.

In his recent outings the Malawi leader has been name dropping on what he terms as media houses which are doing nothing more but feeding Malawians with bogus information.

The Malawi government has been demanded to act on recent proclamations that it wants to open a new chapter with the local media.

The opposition in Malawi claims that it is making no progress in its plans to meet President Mutharika over socio-economic challenges facing the southern Africa nation.

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