A political scientist at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi has hailed the meeting between President Peter Mutharika and Public Affairs Committee (PAC) as unprecedented, saying it has opened a new chapter on the political terrain.
Joseph Chunga, the political scientist said it was good that the President and PAC were open to each other and made the discussions with open mind.
“The discussions were mature. PAC was not intimidated despite the intimidating atmosphere at Kamuzu Palace, the President was also very frank,” said Chunga.
Mutharika brought with him the whole cabinet, his dozen or more aides and senior government and party officials, and ordered that the discussions be beamed live on state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.
Chunga however said it was a setback for Mutharika to backslide on his campaign promises to trim presidential powers.
PAC chair Felix Chingota reminded the President that in the run up to the election, he promised PAC that he would cut the presidential powers including appointment powers once voted into power.
However, the President said he had change of mind on the issue, saying if the Head of State did not have powers of appointment then what would be the job of the President, saying he had to protect the office of the president for future leaders.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :