Mutharika mad with PAC over ‘resignation’ call: Malawi President feels ‘ambushed’ with the recommendation in report

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Thursday angrily accused quasi religious body, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of ambushing him, saying the officials withdrew the original recommendations just to give him a set of new ones thirty minutes before the meeting which include  demands that Mutharika should resign within 90 days if it fails to solve the social and economic problems currently besetting the country.

President Mutharika with PAC members

President Mutharika with PAC members

President Mutharika  with PAC members

President Mutharika with PAC members

In a PAC report directly addressing President Mutharika titled: ‘Defining solutions to economic and political direction of Malawi’,  the group has inserted the call for among the political governance recommendations of the conference.

“Government should resign in 30 or 90 days as it has admitted that it has failed Malawians and does not know what to do,” reads part of the report.

Mutharika, sounding angry, described this as unfair.

It later transpired that PAC officials hurriedly inserted a recommendation by main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its parliamentary bedfellow, the Peoples Party (PP) to have Mutharika step down because his administration had completely failed to deal with the current economic and persistent food shortages.

However, during the frank face to face talk beamed live on state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), PAC chairman Felix Chingota did not bring out the issue.

But PAC has argued that both the recommendations and actionable plans are views of the public.

“As a country let us not continue to wait till the system collapses politically and economically then we start acting on these observations. Let us act now in order to prevent violent conflict in our country,” reads part of the report.

PAC reports to the President that Malawians are struggling in villages and poverty has become “a permanent friend to them.”

Mutharika, responding indirectly to the issue, said the economic and food shortages were not man made, saying God and nature are partly to blame.

He said the El Nino powered drought and floods have devastated the country and there was nothing his government would have done to fight El Nino.

Malawi Congress Party  (MCP) presient Lazarus Chakwera said at an earlier news conference that Mutharika should not blame God or nature for the economic mess and persistent food shortages, saying the government economic and agricultural policies were upside down.

Chakwera blamed the Mutharika administration for refusing to take advice from the opposition on sound economic and agricultural policies.

The PAC  report also includes a proposal for introduction of rotational presidency to give each region a fair chance of the presidency, the turning of Zomba State House and Mudi in Lilongwe into health facilities to cut on unnecessary State House expenditures while expanding healthcare.

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28 thoughts on “Mutharika mad with PAC over ‘resignation’ call: Malawi President feels ‘ambushed’ with the recommendation in report”

  1. Noel Kanzengo says:

    Am failing to understand PAC’s intention. I don’t mean zinthu zikuyendabwino no but what rotational presidential seat is all about? You mean ma regions amene sakhala ma presidentwo kuli anthu anzeru kwambiri to rule the nation? If this is the case let’s abolish democracy and start rotation. Is resignation going to serve the purpose? What’bout funds for re-election processes? What’bout the five year terms? Do we need to change our constitution in order to fulfil PAC’s ambitions? If the wife/hubby is failing in other areas is marrying another spouse a solution or help him/her to correct the mistakes? How sure are we kuti next president will be an angel?

    Let’s open our eyes my countrymen. My question is: is PAC really representing poor Malawians or someone Somewhere. World is full of lies.

  2. misuku hills says:

    if he resigns, who takes over. nonse mbuzi zokhazokha. you don’y even know what you are doing

  3. Kalyoto says:

    Current grouping of this so called PAC is a composition of greedy politicians cum reverends. Which Malawians are they representing with those selfish demands? I, personally as a Malawian as well as a voter do not recognise the exisistence of this grouping and could no longer take it seriously. It seems as it doen’t have terms of reference and vision other than taking sides in their trying to bring sanity.

  4. Guarantor says:

    Which constitution allows to rotate the president?? Mwamwa ntonjani or what…..komatu anthu mukumva kuwawa. And some embiciles are claiming resignation calls are from majority Malawians…..you mistvbe daydreaming sure.

  5. Kenkkk says:

    Ambushed, really stupid president. You knew about resignation calls when pac held its meeting, so you were not ambushed if that was included in their official report.

    What pac promised you is that they will not discuss with you face to face about the resignation calls because you would have refused to meet them. Pac kept their promise by not raising the resignation issue with you very dull head of state when they met you. They instead discussed other issues in their report which you wanted to discuss with them and which you failed miserably to respond.

    So the problem here is with you Peter and your dpp bootlicking thugs worshipping you. Instead of tackling the resignation is head-on with pac, you threatened them not to meet them if the resignation call was on the table. So pack decided not discuss it with you but retained it in their report. Pac was just diplomatic to compromise as there were other equally important issues to discuss in their report.

    So you Peter, and your southern dpp thugs, please don’t show us your ignorance and stupidity that you were ambushed. What ambush?

    You are more worried about resignation calls than fixing the economy and kicking out your blatant thieving of govt coffers. Pac is right to include the opinions of as many malawian as possible and there are many who think you should resign, not just the opposition as you dpp people stupidly think. By the way I don’t back the resignation calls but I totally don’t agree with your reaction to them. Pac is absolutely right to include resignation calls in their report.

  6. Nyamakumutu says:

    This is poor jounorism. The discussion between PAC and the President was live on the TV and it was repeated several times. Did you hear anyone from PAC talk about the resignation. The document you were talking about was given to the systems of the government well on time through the OPC. If indeed the president got it 30 minutes before time then it’s the problem of the government systems not PAC. After all the meeting was called upon because he knew what was to be discussed.

    The Chairman of PAC said it well that the document included everything that came from the conference but PAC recommends to the president actionable resolution drawn from the resolutions from the conference. This is very much misleading. But after all he should retire peacefully.

    1. wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!! says:

      What are you talking about?
      PAC themselves have said they had removed that demand for APM to resign, from their document, before they got to the meeting, but decided to include it in their submission. Thus “ambushing” the President and all on the government side who were at the meeting.

      Now Akweni Kaliati has just given them (PAC) the mother load! They deserve it tood.

      And one faction, NOT Mulhomolhe’s I hope, won out in PAC after the meeting: a coup, essentially. Perhaps, the moderate faction was simply out maneuvered.
      PAC might have now burned their only bridge to the Presidency. By taking a partisan stand, and by making demands that are highly political, unrealistic; and by getting bao players believe that PAC is really interested only in attaining power to the Mpando wonona (the Presidency) through the backdoor, and illegally, PAC risks making themselves irrelevant.

      People will NOT blame any DPP President if he/she ignores PAC’s request for an audience, in future. Or to put crudely, if a future President uses their demands for ass wipe!

  7. Kunenazoona says:

    The cashgate and withdrawal of budget support occured in late 2013. Therefore Peter Mutharika and DPP knew of these problems when he campaigned for office of president. He said he has the solutions. Yet two years after becoming president Peter Mutharika and his 20 member cabinet has produced economic disaster with inflation at 24% and the Kwacha at K700 to 1US Dollar from 16% and K450 in May 2014 respectively. He favaours Lomwes in appointments to senior positions in public service. For example Tom Gray Malata is failing miserably as Commissioner General of MRA but cannot be removed because he is a Lomwe. As PAC pointed out as a result of Peter Mutharika’s very dismal performance the majority of ordinary Malawians are now poorer than they were in May 2014. Only DPP stooges and supporters are with Mutharika. Many Malawians wonder why he is failing to solue Njaunju murder and why he failed to condemn panga welding thugs who disrupted the MCP-PP Rally in MZUZU. The hunger and failure to deal with effects of climate change such as floods and drought all point to Peter Mutharika’s failure.

  8. Denis Kondani says:

    PAC wait 2019 if you can manage to produce your own leader than the choice of Malawian

  9. Kangamire Zowazowa says:

    I agree with APM – our problems are God made. This stupid God created and gave Malawi a STUPID President

  10. Mapwiya mulupale says:

    Stupid PAC Start the party if people can vote for you. Chakwera ndi amene akuononga dzikoli udikile 2019

  11. Maziko says:

    PAC is a miserable pack of hypocrites masquerading as a religious grouping. You smiled at Joyce Banda while she was plundering the economy through cash-gate, and then you turned around and blamed it on the in-coming President. Ndani sakuona zimenezi? Hypocrites! Hypocrites! Hypocrites!

    And poor Lazarus is the most power-hungry and frustrated politician of our time. JZU was much better leader for MCP than this mfundo-less man. The only point he knows is Peter resign. Unfortunately, Peter will not. Walemba m’madzi man. Shame Lazarus! Shame Lazarus! Shame Lazarus! Yours is eternity of brimstone and fire. Get ready, poor man Lazarus. When you look at poor Lazarus, you are looking at a man who has been angry for two continuous years. Isn’t that a pity? Poor man Lazarus!

  12. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    If Pac actually called for the President’s resignation, with an ultimatum no less, they are being short sighted and anti-democratic.
    This is post-1994, and it is time to adhere to our Constitution: all the provisions are in there. PAC, please, go and read the document. In essence PAC is saying a president of the Republic should resign just because an influential group has a different agenda. Wow. And that’s democracy?
    Being religious leaders does not make PAC representatives of the people. PAC was NOT elected in any democratic parliamentary election I know of.
    Better continue preaching the word of God.
    What they are doing is unconstitutional. Just because Malawians are not challenging their (PAC’s) views (timid Malawians – “yes Sirs” to everything religious leaders say, no questions asked, ever – it doesn’t mean PAC are right.
    Unlike during Kamuzu’s proto-dictatorship, there are NO state criminal activities; nor are there human rights violations.
    Today is Sunday; go to church, those of you who worship on Sundays, and preach to your flock. Don’t mess with our democracy, on frivolous pretension.

  13. The Partriot says:

    I agree vehemently for a rotatory Presidency and the 50+1 electoral system. Since 1994 all the Presidents have come from the South, just because the South is the most populace. This has created a mentality in Malawi that no other region can produce a President. This is a fallacy and has to be corrected, all Malawians are equal and no region is superior to others. We have to share the National cake otherwise this can be a recipe for violent conflicts as PAC has rightly pointed out.

  14. Kaka says:

    STUPID PACK
    INU APAC INU NDI ALONGO ANU. PLZI SEND ANOTHER MESSAGE TO MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION PARTY BECAUSE THEY ARE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT

  15. mary bonaz says:

    The only success of APM is promotion of people from his villages around Thyolo, Mulanje, Chiradzulu, phalombe and Zomba to senior positions in civil service. If you come from other regions you have to wait until Parliament passes a law that takes away presidential powers of promoting senior civil servants. For now recommendations are stuck at state house for those that are from outside south.

    1. koma abale inu eeh says:

      Nanu inu a mary bonaz:
      APM, as president does NOT and CANNOT appoint people to the civil service, per se. Let alone appoint individuals from the said districts. Yours seems to be another statement put out there, without evidence. Or should I ask, what evidence do you have?
      I can tell you without hesitation, that many young and not so young are unemployed in these districts. And they are desperate as anybody else in this country, for opportunities. It’s a myth that because APM is from Thyolo (you could have as well have said Lhomwe belt), the citizens in those districts are better off than the rest of the country.

      If APM learned anything about life in the US, one of the lessons must have been nepotism is NOT an attribute that advances anything. especially in public enterprise.
      I think you are confusing his rewarding people for their political contributions with nepotism. As a politician, he has to reward his base baasi (no two ways about it.) That’s how modern democratic party politics works, anywhere on the planet.
      So, those who want to be rewarded, let them join DPP now. Because, again the Party will emerge winner, the next time too.

      1. chitipa man says:

        You must be stupid and politically blind (koma abale inu) or because you’re a southerner. Don’t you see that almost all ministers are from the south, most key civil service positions are held by southerners? Stupid person, speaking out of excitement, anthu akuba, kungoononga dziko basi that’s what you know.

  16. Man of God says:

    If you refuse to step down the appoint me to the post of Presidential Adviser on Climate Change and Mitigation Methods. It looks you don’t have one. That is why your administration is reactive on the issue instead of being proactive. Today you are saying PAC is unfair while yourself who has been unfair to the nation just becoz you don’t have problem yourself. Otherwise, those are the recommandations. If you are a democrat just resign. Tione zina.

  17. Intel says:

    This Turtle APM has stopped moving and it has to go before Malawi become stagnated. Mr. so called APM, Please resign honorably and before we boot you out.

  18. sukutumpwelembwe says:

    ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY !!! NDI AKUMPHOTO OMWE ?
    ZAUCHITISILUZI INE AYI !!!

  19. Shonai says:

    You news people are up to something .Wwere all listening.Unless if it was a different meeting.What you are writing is what you wanted hapen your selves.Shame.

  20. Makweya says:

    If CHAKWERA failed to run a church, how dare he think he can run a country?
    And PAC, why are prostituting with opposition at the peril of common sense?

  21. chigo says:

    a PAC osapanikiza A sogoleri, tiyeni as a country tithandizane.sitikufuna imfa yina ife.

  22. Jackson says:

    Angels of devil and messengers of chatsika the ghost

  23. PeterMustFall says:

    For real..peter must go…sakutIthandiza…..resign or impeachment

  24. Achiwechetaga says:

    It is interesting that the very people who disapprove the quarter selection system for the public universities are busy campaigning for rotating the presidency across regions. Zopusa basi. You are just very northern region biased. That rotation proposal is foolish.
    Our problem is the powerlessness of the electorate during the inter-election period. Komanso too much umbuli hence not analyzing election manifestos objectively. Mbuzi imabala mbuzi. We will therefore remain unproductive unless we define our path to development through a shared national development strategy. Otherwise, the performance of our presidents merely reflect what and who we are.

  25. RESPECT SUPPORTERS says:

    DEAR PETER
    PLEASE WATCH OUT

    A MALAWI NDI WANTHU
    ABWINO UKAMAWATENGA
    BWINO !!

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