PAC dates Mutharika over presidential powers, national issues

Quasi religious body, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) says it is seeking an audience with President Peter Mutharika to discuss possibility of reduction of presidential powers among other key issues.

Malawi quasi-religious organisation PAC

Fr Mulomole: PAC to meet Mutharika

PAC spokesman Father Peter Mlomole said the audience has since been granted and PAC officials are expected to meet the President in April.

Asked if PAC would raise the issue of presidential powers, Mlomole said he was surprised that Mutharika told a rally he was set to veto any bill aimed at reducing his presidential powers.

“I take it as a podium talk. My understanding is that this government is doing all it can to reduce presidential powers. The vice president the Right Honourable Saulos Chilima is the champion of public reforms sector which has the reduction of presidential powers as one of its key agendas,” said Mlomole.

Speaking to ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters on Saturday in Lilongwe during the launch of Dae Yang Teaching University, Mutharika swore and vowed to veto any bill aimed at reducing his vast and overlapping presidential powers.

Mlomole said he was confident the president did not mean the podium talk saying Mutharika knows very well the importance of reducing his powers.

“Am sure this was mere podium talk, he was just politicking he did not mean it,” he said.

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.

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10 thoughts on “PAC dates Mutharika over presidential powers, national issues”

  1. Phwisa says:

    Where was this PAC all these years. Who framed the constitution which today you say has given much powers to president but it did not over the past 20 years. Was it Peter’s DPP?. Bwinotu . Review the whole constitution

  2. King of Israel says:

    PAC is toothless dont waste our what did presidential candidates promised before you if they are elected? What are you doing tody u are all bribed u cant do anything of substance to this nation. Can you point at one.

  3. mbewe says:

    Much as I appreciate the approach PAC has taken of contact and dialogue on the matter issues of this nature shouldn’t be targeted issues otherwise one day we will go back again to old process. DPP won’t be ruling party neither Muntharika will be life president and ruling party forever one day a new party and president will come doing things for the sake of doing it will be detrimental to future leaders. Think it with sober mind or pros and cons in considerations. The problem with our country leadership both academic and political leadership want to outdo each other. This can’t work for the country. It’s a funny scenerio where a teacher arguing with his student or a student arguing with his teacher/ lecture just to outdo each other. This issue it’s so contentious and needs to be handled carefully. These Laws and Policies are made by the very same people and presanted to government to implement and today pointing finger at government. are we realistic? These laws were made through consultation and many of you participated.

  4. magawagawa says:

    Even you church leaders. should first reduce your powers, befofe you go to the president. Why are you saying this today when Peter is in power. during BAkili it was had for PAC to open your mouth. A pointments were not even going through pariament. but PAC were there, amaopa kuphikidwa ndi ma youny democrants. Inu a PAC, itavuta mvula, tamaitanitsaniko timapemphero osati always politics what a shame!

  5. kanhu says:

    Alibe polobulemu ameneyo he will veto

  6. TB JOSHUA says:

    Mukamuuze asamanyoze ulosi, pa 27 march 2016 either him or Mugabe

  7. peter says:

    We have a conman in a wrong position of power!

  8. Hokoyo says:

    Mutharika is a confused president!!!!!!

  9. Ziripanozatonse says:

    Tiyeni nayo if you are really serious , the guy is very arrogant to an extent of even his VP telling intellectuals that they are idiots.

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