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Beta Television Limited has threatened to walk out of the K266 million television broadcasting rights deal with Super League of Malawi (Sulom) if clubs continue to protest against the broadcaster’s delay to issue first payment. The television station outbid Times TV and MTV to claim the broadcasting rights,the first deal of its kind for the top flight league. According to the agreement, Beta was supposed to pay K40 million last season for Sulom and clubs to share. But following delays in issuing the payment, some clubs in a series of interviews with Nation on Sunday issued fresh calls for Sulom to terminate the contract because they are not benefiting. Silver Strikers general secretary Thabo Chakaka- Nyirenda said: “If Beta has failed to issue a fraction of the whole payment, why should we believe there is a chance for the whole money to be paid with two years remaining on the deal? The best way is to terminate the agreement.” Apart from the lack of payment, Epac general secretary Chiyamiko Lita observed that “Beta has proven that it doesn’t have the capacity to beam a national league. The evidence is that they only show Blantyre games. This deal is a nonstarter.” Azam Tigers chairperson Sydney Chikoti was also of the view that the contract should be terminated: “This is a bad deal and it is important that we cancel it instead of waiting until things get worse.” But reacting to the calls, Beta TV station manager Theuns Bester warned that they might walk out of the deal if the threats, which he said, are jeopardising their chances of striking advertising deals, persist. He disclosed that they are negotiating partnership agreements with, among other firms, globally known sports channel SuperSport to beam their Super League programmes. “The K40 million that we committed (to pay clubs) for the 2016 season cannot go away, it is due, but we need now to successfully conclude all these deals…and should we continue to lose potential sponsors due to continued threats ..
Azam Tigers football club management is currently under panic following reports that its midfield hub, Yamikani Chester, has resigned. The Midfielder tendered his resignation letter to the Club’s management on Tuesday afternoon, then he proceeded and drop another copy of the letter to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) offices in Blantyre. FAM’s Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale has confirmed the development in an interview with one of the local dailies. “At first he came to us saying he did not have a copy of his contract. When he received it, he came back to give us a copy of his resignation letter,” Jangale said. However, Jangale has said though Chester has resigned claiming that he has no contract with the Kau Kau but the copy of contract which his office has in possession shows that the player has got a year remaining. “His contract will expire in March next year but he is using an exit clause in the contract stating that he can terminate the contract after e..
President Peter Arthur Mutharika has been sending messages to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for investment in electricity generation in the country in the wake of low power generation. China’s director general of African Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lin Songtian revealed this on Tuesday to a contingent of Malawian journalists on a visit to the country. Nkula Hydro Power Plant capacity is low due to water shortages in Shire RiverHe said, however, China needs a feasibility study first before it comes in to assist the country. “Mutharika always sends messages to the President of China on electricity generation. It is an urgent thing for him [Mutharika]. If Malawi is to attract investors, it needs electricity,” said Lin. He said in response, China has encouraged a Chinese company to conduct a feasibility study on Kammwamba Coal Fired Power Plant. The coal plant project is expected to generate about 300 megawatts(MW). “China is ready for the project and it is one of its priority areas to help in electricity generation. We have already approached a reputable Chinese company called Three Gorges Corp to look at possibilities to invest in Malawi,” said Lin. Three Gorges is currently one of the companies bidding for a major stake in Brazil’s fourth largest energy generator Santo Antonio Energia SA, according to an article in the China Daily. According to Lin, the Chinese Government has already proposed to one of its banks to support the project at Kammwamba. “China will do its best to push for the project. The company is so keen to work on it,” he said. China’s interest commitment to boost Malawi’s electricity generation capacity is coming at a time the country is implementing a $350 million United States (US) Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Compact to increase energy generation. Currently, sole State power producer, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has capacity to produce 351 Megawatts (MW) against suppressed demand of 350 MW..