PIJ has arranged with several journalists and entered into an editorial partnership. These journalists will embark on some investigative story projects and some of the media partner members for this purpose include the following.
SUZGO CHITETE – is an award-winning journalist with over 10 years’ experience in both broadcast and print media. He is current news analyst for the Nation Publications. He holds a BA in Communication and Cultural Studies from Chancellor College-University of Malawi and a Diploma and Certificate in Journalism from the Malawi Institute of Journalism. He previously worked as a senior reporter for the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and as a field producer, correspondent and fixer for Al Jazeera and BBC. Chitete is part of the team that has published a book for Amnesty International “Out of the Shadows” which is an adaptation from an investigative story done by Aljazeera on attacks against people with albinism in Malawi. Suzgo worked as a field producer and the book is currently used as Amnesty International’s resource material. Some of his work include – an informative TV documentary on the plight of people born as intersex in Malawi – which is currently used as an advocacy tool for human rights campaigners.
GOLDEN MATONGA – is a journalist writing for a number of international publications including Financial Times, Mail & Guardian and EFE news agency. He works as an investigative journalist and columnist for Malawi’s Nation Publications Limited. He is also a blogger and has received award for excellence in journalism over a career spanning a decade. He has broken some of important investigative stories including a public procurement scandal surrounding the food rations contract which ensnared Malawi’s President and led to several arrests although the president was saved from prosecution through immunity laws.
BOBBY KABANGO – is a mulit-award winning journalist and photojournalist working with Malawi’s leading newspaper, Nation Publications Limited (NPL). NPL publishes Weekend Nation newspaper, Nation on Sunday, The Nation and Fuko. He has been with NPL for eight (8) years now. With NPL, Bobby works as an Investigative Journalist and photojournalist. Kabango holds a diploma in journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ).
He is a recipient of 28 professional awards from Malawi and SADC region. Among them, 12 awards were awarded to him in Malawi as best Photojournalist while 14 awards were awarded to him as best features writer, best children’s writer, best investigative journalist, best education reporter among others. He has also worked as a photojournalist with FIFA Weekly in Zurich Switzerland, Anadolu Agency in Turkey, SuperSport website and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). He worked as an investigative journalist with AmaBhungane Centre for Investigation and Code for Africa both in South Africa and INK Centre for Investigation in Gaborone, Botswana.
His recent papers include Police uniforms, boots for sale (https://mwnation.com/police-uniforms-boots-for-sale/) an investigative peace that revealed a corrupt system by police in selling police uniforms to civilians. Bobby went undercover and managed to buy a police uniform and boots. Minister In Land Scam (https://mwnation.com/minister-in-land-scam/) is another story that exposed a corrupt system by Malawi ministers. He has published other stories that have generated great impact in Malawi like More rot at ESCOM, Puberty is a crime in Chilipa and Taking ARVs on empty stomach.
REBECCA CHIMJEKA – is an award winning and very versatile investigative journalist, one who has broken so many high profile stories in Malawi. She works for the Times Group which is a huge media company in Malawi. The latest story to her credit was what’s now known as the “K4 billion government payout to members of Parliament”. The story revealed that the government had set aside K4 billion to give to about 86 MPs as a ‘thank you’ for helping government frustrate electoral reforms in Parliament in December 2017. This revelation has led to calls by civil society organizations in Malawi to demand that the Minister of Finance and Minister of Local Government resign. There will be nationwide demonstrations on April 27 to demand answers on this decision. Rebecca is also a member of many Association including of Investigative Journalists in the Southern Africa.