PAC, Malawi govt ready for talks

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and the government are set to meet next week just days after President Peter Mutharika unveiled his five man strong negotiation team led by Justice minister Samuel Tembenu.

President Mutharika  with PAC members

President Mutharika with PAC members when they met recently

Officials from the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) said the quasi religious body is ready for a second set of talks after the first one ended in deadlock at Kamuzu Palace.

Father Peter Mulomole, spokesperson of PAC said the talks are set next week and will evolve around economic, social and political issues.

President Mutharika appointed the five man strong negotiation team that includes Tembenu, Health minister Peter Kumpalume and advisors to the president Collins Magalasi, Mabvuto Bamusi and Hetherwick Ntaba.

Mulomole said PAC is working on the final agenda but will likely be a spill- over from the previous meet at Kamuzu Palace a few weeks ago.

At an all inclusive PAC indaba in Blantyre a few months ago, Malawi Congress Party and Peoples Party called on the president to step down accusing him of failing to run the country as evidenced by economic malaise and persistent food shortages.

Mutharika refused to step down and said his government is doing all it can to deal with all the problems rocking the nation

Peoples Party spokesperson Ken Msonda told Capital Radio on Thursday that the party was disappointed that the issue was not reflected in the final recommendations.

He said usually recommendations are drafted on the last day of the indaba but was not the case in the last meeting.

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2 thoughts on “PAC, Malawi govt ready for talks”

  1. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    PAC should learn from from their gross tactical errors committed at the first meeting. And the disrespect of the process, and even of the President, like pointing fingers at him in a childish manner???!!! Aaaaaaaaa. Get out!!!
    PAC should not be going there with their big heads thinking they know it all, and are the only representative of the people. In fact, in a democracy, it can be argued that the government is THE peoples’ representative. No? And the government is actually just being courteous to PAC: in other words the government isn’t obligated to do this. But I doubt if PAC are aware of this and other nuances.
    PAC will be presenting suggestions, NOT demands! And it’s the government’s prerogative to accept them or not. PAC should accept that! The government will have made its calculus whichever way regarding the welfare of Malawians, and not of PAC. And the citizens, NOT PAC, will judge the government in next elections. And that is how democracies work.
    PAC think they are kings and queens in a kingdom! The sooner they get that out of their heads, the better.
    If APM was going to that meeting, Mulhomolhe should have stayed away; even away from Lilongwe. He managed his group very incompetently, and he shows NO organization skills at all.
    Not even respect for the Head of State, even if Mulhomolhe doesn’t like him, personally!

  2. Bob Chiswe says:

    One can hope the interaction between PAC and the Government representatives will be frank and honest to reflect aspirations for justice and prosperity for Malawians. It will be particularly important for the Government side to abide by the truth and not to try to impress the President with how many arrogant positions they have presented to PAC. The common habit of saying bwana anthu amenewa tawatsutsa zonse zimene amafuna should be a thing of the past. The President should also not accept mediocrity from his appointees. If they are incompetent appoint us

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