Malawi government through its spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi has given the multi-faith governance watchdog , Public Affairs Committee (PAC) a vote of no confidence and accused the organization of “departure from the very principles of its existence and consistent demonstration of political biases”.
Dausi, who is Minister of Information and Communications Technolo, has argued PAC is neither the voice of its religious organisations nor “the popular desire” in public affairs.
The vote of no confidence comes almost three weeks after PAC labelled President Peter Mutharika’s administration to have dismally failed on grounds that it is riddled with corruption and fraud, and that it has lost track of its promises.
It is also coming just hours after PAC on Friday took swipe at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) for postponing by-elections initially set for June 6th.
Dausi took a strong stand against the reputable quasi-religious body, accusing the organization of failing to adhere to its constitutional obligations.
“According to the Constitution of the Public Affairs Committee, this organisation was primarily founded on the principle of opening and maintaining a dialogue with Government of the Republic of Malawi in representing the popular desire of the people of Malawi. Pac was set to dialogue with Government and not necessarily with the Head of State,” argued Dausi.
“We are dismayed that the current leadership of Pac has divorced the organization from the very religious bodies whose prophetic role it is supposed to encourage. Public Affairs Committee represents neither the voice of its religious organisations nor ‘the popular desire’ in public affairs.”
Dausi has since accused PAC of mobilizing the mob spirit of revolt against government contrary to promoting unity, peace and tranquility, saying the institution was expected to enter into and maintain dialogue with government but the current leaders of the organization have consistently disrespected dialogue and preferred.
The statement also states that just like opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera, PAC has chosen to ignore positive developments happening in the country.
“PAC has also chosen to ignore any positive developments, including revival of the economy devastated by Cashgate, in order to make a biased conclusion in their statement,” reads the statement in part in reference to a statement PAC made recently on shortfalls in political and economic governance.
In 2016, PAC sought audience with Mutharika after it demanded the President to resign, however Dausi said an interface meeting between government and Pac failed to take place due to the fact that ministers in the special Technical Team were attending Parliament.
“Government continues to be concerned that Pac is a body that claims to be concerned with governance issues in this country and yet they would neither understand nor appreciate the importance of Ministers being available to Parliament to respond to policy queries and questions as Section 96 of the Constitution requires them. This strange behaviour has made Government question the motives of the executive leaders of Pac.
“Pac asked again to meet the President who graciously accepted to grant them audience on 5 April 2017. However, Pac turned away from dialogue and suggestively declared to the public their desire for a revolt to oust the President simply because the President had shifted their meeting to another date. The demand for revolt which can lead to violence and anarchy is neither any “prophetic role” nor the promotion of unity, peace and tranquility in Malawi.”
He said Pac has since 2010 been imposing a series of disrespectful demands and ultimatums on government, including demanding the resignation of President Bingu wa Mutharika and President Arthur Peter Mutharika.
“Strangely, Pac never imposed any ultimatum or demand for resignation to President Joyce Banda in spite of all her mismanagement, state sanctioned Cashgate and its subsequent fiscal vandalism. Pac was silent when the former President Joyce Banda declared that she knew who shot Paul Mphwiyo.”
He added: “Pac has remained quiet when Joster Njanji, the only most senior Government official and former Principal Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet suspiciously died after declaring in court that he would tell the nation what really happened in Joyce Banda’s state sanctioned Cashgate. PAC was silent, and continues to be silent, over the most suspicious sale of the presidential jet. PAC has ignored the fact that Malawians Cashgate has inflicted pain and untold suffering on Malawians.”
Dausi further said Pac’s political biasness only reinforce everybody’s view that the organization has lost its way and has been captured by the opposition.
“Given its departure from the principles and reason of its existence, Government calls upon the trustees of Pac to re-examine this organization which has been the pride of our democracy for many years. We cannot have a Pac that has rebelled against itself by divorcing its own principles, the very reason of its existence, national building values and losing the integrity of independence simply because its executive leadership wants to play politics the wrong way.”
Dausi has blamed PAC for, among others, siding with opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP), citing the call by MCP and PAC for President Peter Mutharika’s resignation which he said was done “in a synchronised manner to whip public anger in preparation of the all-inclusive meeting of PAC”.
PAC spokesperson Father Peter Mulomole denied that the body has rebelled against itself, saying it has mandate to “ pinpoint the failures of those in power, including the opposition.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :