The Forum for Advancement of Federal System and Rural Development in Malawi (FAFSRDM) has howled at the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), describing it as a spent force in as far as speaking for the voiceless in the country is concerned.
The forum, through its chairperson Dr. Bina Shaba, told Nyasa Times in an exclusive interview that the “committee was no longer dealing with what people want.”
The rants followed a failed meeting between PAC and the forum with the former saying they could not make it to Mzuzu because of lack of funds.
PAC’s executive director Robert Phiri, we learnt, had called Shaba at the eleventh hour “cancelling the meeting.”
According to information made available to Nyasa Times, the UNDP –which provides financial support to PAC – had “not deposited” the funds.
The delegation from PAC was also going to have Reverend Chingota, Fr Peter Mulomole and Reverend Timothy Nyasulu.
But a furious Shaba described the move as “unfounded gimmicks” aimed at “frustrating pro-federalists on having their wish granted.”
Shaba said it was unfortunate that PAC was now “siding with government.”
He repeatedly said they were not “happy.”
At the meeting that was supposed to be a follow up meeting held at Mzuzu Hotel, the forum had delegates from all the districts of the region except Likoma Island.
Shaba said they were now going to let the “people decide” on what to do next.
Added Shaba: “It is because they are running away from the issue and confusing people on the definitions of federalism and a federal system of government.”
He said people in Malawi wanted “a federal system of government and reject the current unitary system that has left the majority of citizens extremely poor and promotes inequality in the sharing of the national cake.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :