The Government of the United Kingdom has disclosed that it will open a centre for excellence to be called Raphael Tenthani Centre for Media Excellence at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, in honour of the late veteran journalist who died in May 2015.
Announcing the development during celebrations marking Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday Friday night in Blantyre, outgoing British High Commissioner Michael Nevin paid special tribute to the Malawi media, for remaining stoic and brave.
“I am pleased to announce that we plan to open with the Polytechnic in Blantyre the Raphael Tenthani Centre for Media Excellence. We hope the centre will help support, galvanise and act as a focal point for journalists to improve their skills.
“The media has been, and will be crucial in the drive for accountability, particularly highlighting the corruption, fraud and theft that is blighting this fine country,” said Nevin.
On his part, Misa Malawi chairperson Thom Khanje expressed gratitude at the initiative, saying it reaffirms the need for journalists.
“This is a very welcome initiative because it just confirms that good work doesn’t go unnoticed, even at international level. Tenthani has made all of us proud and I think the centre will motivate every journalist to be more professional, and more dedicated to their work,” said Khanje..
Tenthani, a long serving BBC correspondent, died in a car accident on May 16 last year around Lirangwe in Blantyre. n