MISA Malawi expresses its unwavering support and solidarity to colleagues at Mzati Radio and Television stations following a devastating fire accident that resulted in severe damage to the studio’s transmission equipment on Wednesday, August 2, 2023.
According to station management, the fire is suspected to have been triggered by a fault on one of the electricity poles, which caused the studios to be engulfed in flames during the early hours of the day.
Currently, Mzati Radio and Television are temporarily off-air due to the extent of the damage caused by the fire.
The loss of radio and television transmission equipment is not only a major setback for Mzati Limited but also deeply impacts the media landscape in Malawi, advertisers, and, most importantly, the audience.
Over the past five years, Mzati Radio has transformed from a geographical community radio into a prominent voice that caters to the information, education, and entertainment needs of countless Malawians. Likewise, Mzati Television has played a crucial role in providing much-needed pluralism and diversity in Malawi’s burgeoning television industry.
Misa Malawi trusts that all relevant stakeholders, including the police and the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), will conduct a thorough and expedited investigation to ascertain the root cause of the accident. Additionally, we urge them to extend support to the station wherever and whenever necessary to aid its recovery.