PAC to hold another ‘future of Malawi’ conference: Govt opens doors for discussions

Quasi religious body, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has called for another high level  All-Inclusive Conference  indaba in September to chart the way forward following government decision to abruptly end the negotiations path.

PAC leadership: By the Grace of God we shall succeed

PAC leadership: By the Grace of God we shall succeed

PAC executive director Robert Phiri said the conference will accord an opportunity to stakeholders to interrogate the current economic and political situation in the country amid an outcry by various groups of deteriorating public service delivery and economic malaise.

However, one of the members in the presidential negotiations team, Mabvuto Bamusi said the government has opened the door once more but PAC has rebuffed it.

PAC spokesperson Father Peter Mulomole says another all inclusive indaba is set in September.

“The government has not been cooperative on our talks. We had an all inclusive meeting in May and we engaged the government so that the resolutions could be implemented but the government seems not to be interested in this,” he said.

Mulomole said PAC members would decide on how best to push for the implementation of the May resolutions.

“We are not returning to the negotiating table, its too late, our members will make a decision on the matter,” he said.

He accused the government of hide and seek on finding ways to get lasting solutions to the problems rocking the country.

But Bamusi changed tune after PAC said it had called for another indaba to brief its members on the outcome of the PAC/government intended negotiations.

“As government we are ready to meet PAC. We failed to meet because of the parliament meeting and we communicated this to PAC,” he said.

President Peter Mutharika appointed some cabinet ministers and his senior aides in the negotiation team with PAC.

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John Black
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1 month 14 days ago
Let’s make this PAC Indaba really inclusive: women make up 51% of the population, so they should make up approximately 51% of participants. The youth make up the majority of the population, so they should make up the majority of participants. The poor make up around 85% of the population. They cannot be “re-presented” by rich, highly educated old men. We need not “re-presentation”. We do not need “presentation”. We need the poor young lowly educated women to be “PRESENT” and we need them to be heard. We need their own authentic contributions, and their own authentic concerns. That will… Read more »
Parallel Market
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Parallel Market
1 month 15 days ago
I respect PAC. However, of late, PAC seems to have lost direction by allowing itself to be used or ‘contaminated’ by opposition political parties. In my layman’s understanding of the PAC of early 2000s it is not necessary to hold those so called All-inclusive Conferences because they have just become another social gathering without providing tangible solutions to Malawi’s problems but rather expressing frustrations at the Govt and expressing interest to usurp power through undemocratic means. These meetings have suddenly become platforms to incite civil disobedience, where opposition leaders denounce government and issue unnecessary ultimatums. This is actually degrading PAC… Read more »
OMEX70
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OMEX70
1 month 15 days ago

I applaud PAC for calling another Conference where people will discuss the way forward after attempts to engage government in dialogue failed. This government is full of people who have their own egos. They this all Malawians are fools.

JOLOZA
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JOLOZA
1 month 15 days ago

This government is playing with fire! They should ask John Tembo and Dr. Banda in heaven.Most advisors are very shallow minded and they pretend to be learned.

Malawi
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Malawi
1 month 15 days ago

Bamusi? Does that mean that when parliament is in session, Malawians stop suffering?

yambani
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yambani
1 month 15 days ago

Bamusi, that is a very lame excuse you are giving. How can you say you were not meeting because of parliament. It has nothing to do with parliament. Are you saying you can’t meet weekend on Saturday? And how many people on the government side are MPs? Tembenu is not an MP. He is not required to be in parliament. He should only attend parliament to answer questions.

Government is indeed not serious.

yambani
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yambani
1 month 15 days ago

Jemusi

CHIKUTUMBWE
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CHIKUTUMBWE
1 month 15 days ago

MUNYA MUONA AGALU A DPP INU. MBAVA ZITSEKULA MMIMBA, CHAKA CHAKE NDI CHINO. PAC YOMWEYO KUTI WAWAWA! INU A BOMA MUSAZAYEREKEZE KUPITAKO KU MSONKHANO WA PAC.

Charombanthu
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Charombanthu
1 month 15 days ago

What is the point of having these meetings and making resolutions without implementing the resolutions?

Mwafulirwa
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Mwafulirwa
1 month 15 days ago
Why is government shivering with this political party in sheep’s clothes called PAC? It was not this political party that voted for DPP government. Government must know this. And we have the Republican constitution which demands respect from all citizens including this political party called PAC. Let them go ahead with their so called conference. And you, the government, should be busy doing what you are supposed to be doing, serving Malawians. I don’t like these kid gloves that this political party (PAC) is enjoying. Malawi is bigger than PAC and it was not PAC that gave you mandate to… Read more »
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