By Leo Mkhuwala
An unsigned document that Malawi Freedom Network (MFN) has seen indicates that the State Controlled Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) has changed the name of it’s Blantyre Televesion studios from Kwacha Studios to Television Centre.
There are speculations that, if this is true, then it has been influenced by politics, in order to run away from the term “Kwacha” which is the slogan of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
However, influential commentators have given a mixed reaction over the name change describing it lacking a sense of innovation as Television Centre sounds more common and ordianary.
“If the name change has indeed been effected then I say the new name lacks the much needed attraction and I’m afraid, those behind it who are obviously politicians have no sense of taste for an attractive name,” said Kandi Makossa, a Blantyre based professional archtect and entrepreneur.
“You see, in most cases, everything done in a hurry becomes flat out ordinary and mediocre and I suspect that this name is a product of such, all derived from the old fashioned politics of jealous and hate,” he added.
In a sheer display of politics of hate and jealous, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government operatives have of late allegedly been behind the pulling down of an MCP billboard at Kwacha Round-about in Blantyre and also uprooting of MCP flags in most parts of Blantyre and the other Southern Region districts like Nsanje and Chikwawa.
There has not been immediate comment from the Ministry of Information on the change of name from Kwacha Studios to Television Centre as the Minister responsible, Henry Mussa has reportedly been busy until we went to publish.