Boma Siliphethira! Times Group Cries Foul After ESCOM Bans Advertising With It….Calls For State House Help
While it is not a right for any company to do business with Times Group, the media company has threatened to deal with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for not doing business with them.
The company’s Managing Director Leonnard Chikadya has since threatened to deal with Escom for its decision. In his letter addressed to Escom’s Chief Executive Officer dated November 2 2017, Chikadya threatens to use his media platforms to tell the public that Escom is not doing business with Times. He further threatens to complain to the Competition and Fair Trading Commission.
“Further to the telephone conversation between your Chief Executive Officer, Ms Evelyn Mwapasa and the undersigned, we have noted with regret that you have failed to facilitate the agreed meeting to discuss the above referred to matter,” writes Chikadya.
“We are therefore writing to bring to your attention that if we do not receive your explanations to justify your decision of banning advertising business with Times Group we will use our media platforms to inform the public about your decision. We will further seek redress from the Competition and Fair Trading Commission as we are of the strongest opinion that your advertising ban amounts to anticompetitive conduct contrary to the Competition and Fair Trading Act,” writes Chikadya in his letter where he gives three arguments.
Chikadya also blackmails Escom saying it should not stop doing business with the company it is the biggest media house which has good infrastructure and capacity to serve as a medium of communication to Escom’s angry customers who are facing power rationing.
One of the renowned lawyers in the country who opted for anonymity backed Escom and trashed Times arguing it is not a right for Escom to do business with Times Group or any other media house or any company in the country.
“Companies may decide who they want to deal with. There is no right whatsoever that Escom should be forced to do business with Times,” the lawyer said.
Escom was not available for comment.