By Suleman Chitera
NRFA OFFICIAL HIRES THUGS TO BEAT A JOURNALIST.
The Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) General Secretary, Masiya Nyasulu allegedly hired thugs to beat controversial News Of The South (NOTS) Sports reporter Draxon Maloya, at Karonga stadium on Sunday.
Maloya is accused of blowing the news that the NRFA General Secretary was found stranded in Karonga and he sought financial assistance from one of the presidential candidates in the December slated Football Association of Malawi (FAM) elections Alufeyo Chipanga Banda.
In an interview Maloya confirmed several confrontations from Nyasulu when he was working for his Angaliba Television Station during the Super League match involving Chitipa United and Nyasa Big Bullets.
“Indeed I was twice confronted while in the course of discharging my duties at Karonga stadium by the NRFA GS for the articles I write which he says break his heart time and again.
” He earlier on sent me a text message which contained foul language and told me that what will happen to me I should not ask.
” Then I saw seven men charging torwads me and started causing trouble, but two of the guys were familiar to me and they told me to leave the stadium for safety,” Maloya said.
In one of the messages Nyasulu sent to Maloya seen by this publication reads, “Mkanazilemba inuyo coz ndinu amene mwalipilidwa ma room .
Anyway for the first time I have attempted to comment on your writings. Hope this should be your last post writing against me otherwise I will have to take you head on. I had enough of you”
But commenting on the development, Managing Editor for CSNO,Collin Henderson, expressed disappointment with the development saying the media should be left free to discharge its duties without any form of intimidation.
“We are living in a press free environment, as such it is primitive for anyone to think of threatening our reporters.
“Mind you, Malawi is a signitory of a number of treaties and protocols that give the media freedom to operate freely, this is New York but we know that Malawi is a signitory of the Table Mountain Declaration which calls for total press freedom,” Henderson said.
There is no immediate comment from the NRFA on the accusations level against their General Secretary.
Commenting on the issue the Northern Region Police Headquarters Public Relations Officer, Peter Kalaya, has described any form of intimidation as unacceptable.
“To begin with, let me advise anyone intimidated in any form to report to police.
” Stadia are not places for anyone to think of violating anyone’s rights and who so ever is reported for that is liable to be taken before the court,” Kalaya said.
In a related development, the vehicle which some journalists including the Tmveni Radio football commentator ,Innocent Chitimbe,used going to the stadium was broken by some irate fans accusing them of siding with Nyasa Big Bullets in their football commentary.
There have always been ugly scenes befor, during or after super league matches at the Karonga Stadium since it was given a node to host the country’s top flight football matches.