Mutharika ‘too busy’ to meet PAC over presidential powers, national issues

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has reportedly postponed the meeting which he was scheduled to have on Tuesday with quasi religious body, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to discuss possibility of reduction of presidential powers among other key issues.

Mutharika to find time to schedule PAC meeting soon

Mutharika to find time to schedule PAC meeting soon

PAC executive director Robert Phiri said government has told the influential group that the meeting with President Mutharika has been postponed indefinitely.

“Government said they will communicate to us on a new date,” said Phiri.

Government spokesman Jappie Mhango confirmed that a meeting was “proposed for March 29” but pointed out that President Mutharika’s busy schedule has made it impossible to “schedule” it.

“The President’s meeting with PAC will be held in not too distant future,” said Mhango.

PAC spokesman Father Peter Mlomole said the grouping will furnish the President on the resolutions at their 5th All Inclusive Stakeholders Conference where the opposition voiced calls for the Head of State to step down.

The organisation would also raise the issue of reducing the presidential powers.

But Mutharika is on record saying he was set to veto any bill aimed at reducing his presidential powers.

There have been concerns that the President has excess powers that include the appointment of statutory corporations that include of tax payers funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation that has now compromised its public broadcaster status as it is more of the ruling party propaganda machine than a public broadcaster.

PAC held a two-day stakeholders conference under the theme Defining Solutions to Economic and Political Direction in Malawi with efforts to find solutions to the problems dogging the country.

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16 thoughts on “Mutharika ‘too busy’ to meet PAC over presidential powers, national issues”

  1. maxy says:

    every person is a busy one ,what more a president? so what is needed is being able to assign time to precious issues first, even those in PAC are busy people.

  2. tchete says:

    ali busy chani apa. kapena zaumathanyula zomwezotu!!

  3. al hajh says:

    Ali busy ndi chani iyeyo??? Ife amene tinamuvotera adzitiopsezanso? Apite akakumane ndi PAC uko. Za Chamba eti. Leaders should not excell above the citizens. Tinakuikani pa mpando ndife and you should be accountable to us. Dziko la Malawi likupanga ndalama, but surprisingly mukuti ndalama kulibe pomwe you guys are getting richer each passing day. Ndalama zikupita kuti? I need answers Mr. President.

  4. Francis Kamanga says:

    Reducing of presidential powers or central government powers. which is which here? Is it decentralization, devolution or federalism? what system of government do u call this then? U want presidential powers to be reduced. where will these other powers be delegated to? Is there going to be regional governments? in to understand plz help me.

  5. Chambochokoma says:

    I fail to understand why you are criticising the president, kodi amalawi mudakhala bwanji? Munthu akuti alibusy imu mukuti walakwitsa kukhala busy kkkkkkkkkkkk seriuos? Ngati zili.ndale ndiye zopeperatu

  6. peter says:

    APM is coy to engage with the people he is supposed to lead. He failed to attend parliament to answer questions because his advisors told him that he is answerable to no one. Probably he only leads his friends not all Malawians. But he has to grow up and take the mantle of leading ALL Malawians by working in their interest with utmost honesty and integrity!

  7. Chokwya says:

    Tatopanazo Kod Mtsogoleri Wabwno Adzapezeka?

  8. Jalasi says:

    Pac stop wasting time lets just do what is supposed to be done Lets do plan B coz amalawi atopa ndikudikila

  9. namalira says:

    APM has done a good thing of not allowing PAC members not to meet him , all what PAC guys wanted was to go and eat with APM , people who attended PAC meeting they already made their resolutions and when everybody went away the PAC executive members were given money and they made their own resolutions to please APM and his DPP government , that’s why today we are seeing Kapito walking with prakers along BT roads castigating Chakwera and praising APM.

  10. Jama says:

    Mavotavota ife sitinavotere gulugufeyu tili chete tikuonerani. Inu munaona kuti presidential candidaate amalengezedwa usiku komanso kulumbira mukhoti? Dzifunseni ndi kudziyankha.

  11. mbodzole says:

    coward, inept, ignorant, sick, clueless, etc. Those are the adjectives

  12. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    PAC guys are just wasting their time trying to engage APM on anything . . .

    . . . Its just sad that many Malawians had high hopes in APM and, without doubt, assumed him levelheaded. Perhaps because of his unadulterated educatioal completeness and exposure!
    . . . The only mistake these many Malawians made, was to fail to ask themselves what APM was exposed to. Coz incorrigibility, arrogance, stubbornness, indifference, e.t.c are all that APM has managed to demonstrate, thus far.
    . . . indeed . . .
    “Madoli adafera mchenga oyera.” – Malawian Proverb
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    You see . . .
    . . . it was very painful for any Malawian who is patriotic, not corrupt or a thief, to see that ACB bill voted down. And more painful was to see APM celebrate the same.
    . . . as if this pain wasnt enough, APM went on to declare, he would veto/annull/abrogate any bill aimed at seeing Malawi progress? Seriously?
    . . . Imprtant as the ACB bill is; APM could even have asked his MPs to vote for the bill so as to see ACB off the hook of political inteference, which; for centuries, has significantly compromised ACB’s effectiveness and efficiency.
    . . . indeed . . .
    The guilty are afraid.
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  13. Jelbin mk says:

    What i know is that a presidential appointment is done long in advance so that yhe schedule is well placed and uninterrupted and if the proposed date is not free from indulgence then the presidency accepts the proposed date if it is not the presidency puts in writing that it can’t make it due to tight schedule this happens long in advance. A sudden change in Presidential schedules is very rare unless if there is a serious scenario such as a national desaster otherwise its either the presdency does not respct its citizens or belittles their concerns or according to our ruling party’s history they want to trace the people who are supposed to come so that they can bribe them so they can come to talk and agree to what the government likes yo hear. My opinions are not far from the from the truth mark my words i know this inept President he can not take tough questions. Even attorney general knows about this thus why the last time he was summoned by MPs he the AG asked the MPs to hand in their written questions in advance so that they could answer for him.

  14. Generation of vipers says:

    Mwina akukonzesera za moyo wake in readiness of 1st April nanga whats so pressing on his table that can make him fail to hold this meeting?

  15. mg says:

    he is busy eating our taxes foolish, who do uthink u are?

  16. 2016 welcome says:

    Kkkkk Too busy when business is not done. Komanso awa ndiye tinabetsadi.

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