Bishops Bvumbwe, Malasa and Sheik Chabulika face PAC suspension as mother bodies  query governance watchdog

Public Affairs Committee (Pac) mother bodies on Thursday  had a discussion with  the quasi-religious grouping’s executive committee members over  accusations that they were being militant and political  in their approach on national issues.

Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe: PAC needs to review its mandate

The mother bodies urged  PAC not to use next week’s All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference to advance any hidden political agenda.

Pac is expected to meet on Monday June 5th two days for the ‘future of Malawi’ conference.

The governance watchdogs also plan  to suspend Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe of Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bishop for Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire, Brighton Malasa and Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) spokesperson, Sheikh Dinala Chabulika who have recently been criticizing PAC’s  executive committee.

In a meeting that took place in Blantyre on Thursday, Pac mother bodies comprising of Episcopal  Conference  of  Malawi (ECM), Muslim  Association  of  Malawi (MAM), Quadria  Muslim  Association  of  Malawi (QMAM), Malawi  Council  of  Churches (MCC)  and Evangelical  Association  of  Malawi (EAM) demanded for an early Annual General Assembly, accusing the elected executive committee of behaving like a political party.

Nyasa Times’ sources privy to the meeting revealed that tempers flared up during the discussions and that the meeting came to a stand-off over intentions to suspend the three just before the conference, with the mother bodies criticizing the executive committee chaired by Reverend Dr Felix Chingota of trying to gag the church.

“Surely as religious bodies we are losing trust in the elected committee. We are diverting from our path of building the nation, instead we are dividing it. Pac was formed to advance human decorum and steer our nation to prosperity. But that is not what is happening now,” bemoaned one of the mother bodies’ members.

PAC Executive Director, Robert Phiri while confirming the Thursday meeting referred this reporter to the grouping’s Publicity Secretary, Father Peter Mulomole who played down issues raised by the mother bodies.

“We met the mother bodies to discuss their own issues and not about anybody else. The issues being pointed out are completely not true. We did not discuss such issues,” said Mulomole while refusing to highlight what was discussed instead.

Mulomole dismissed suggestions that he was defending the executive committee but confirmed about the meeting with Bishop Bvumbwe, Bishop Malasa and Sheik Chabulika on Monday to decide their fate.

“We cannot suspend them without listening to them first.  We don’t judge until we hear their side of story. They have been speaking against Pac therefore we have to meet them before any decision is taken against them. We follow rules of natural justice,” added Mulomole.

Bishop Bvumbwe, Bishop Malasa and Sheik Chabulika have been criticizing Pac for taking strong stand against President Peter Mutharika’s administration, accusing the quasi-religious grouping of lacking moral standing to be judge and declare that the government has failed.

In April this year, Pac gave Mutharika’s government a fail grade, claiming the President and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have performed dismally to tackle socio-economic and political issues since elected into power in 2014.

Pac will hold All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference from 7th June to 8th in Blantyre where it is expected to push for change of government as indicated in its statement in April where it called for a new political and state architecture.

The grouping influenced change from one party s to multi-party system of government in 1992. It has at least 35 member organizations that form an Annual General Assembly which appoints and elects its 7 Board of Trustees and 9 Executive Committee members respectively. These members have 3   years as tenure of office and serve two consecutive terms.

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Mwaona kuti chisakho simungawine,ndiye mwati mugwetse boma.sorry u you will regret

peter must fall

what you have to know is that josephy Bvumbwe ,chabulika and Malasa have receved some huge of money from government thats why they are agaist PAC.These three people will make sure that the agenga of this group is distabled.These three people they are not representative of malawians but of the government therefore PAC must suspend them.

igama lami

The current DPP government is the worst Malawi ever had in multi-party democracy. It is not surprising therefore that it is on collision course with PAC. … with so many scared corrupt cows and this happening on the watch of APM. So he should face the music. that’s what leadership is about. PAC do your job. DPP make PAC jobless by serving Malawi not yourselves.

Rift Valley
Trouble with some people with blind loyalty is that they like to tell our leadership what it loves to hear and not the truth. Everyone knows that there are problems with our education system, electricity/water supplies, adequacy of drugs, payment of salaries in a number of cases, management of public financial resources, ACB operations etc etc . All the above issues, and several other shortfalls, are of concern to the affairs of the public. Now, can the likes of Bwana Benson Phiri tell us what is political in bringing these issues to the attention of APM and his DPP? Better… Read more »

Manyi, ask your brothers from the north: where are the stadiums, universities etc that were constructed by those that you rate highly? Zaulukhu basi. Don’t disturb Peter.
A PAC, mukuiyambatu treason!!!

Maso Mwamba

its known fact that the main objective of PAC is to push for change of government. koma aziziwa kuti bwato sakwelera pakati pa nyanja. Chakwera and JB and their team misleading this group. Its high time PAC is turned into political party other than fooling us that they are fighting for our own good.


Don’t confuse us, Galu iwe chitsilru. U mean u can’t see that the DPP led government has failed? Don’t say anything if u have nothing to say. Bvumbwe wachabechabe iwe, sycophant! Stop fooling Malawians forthwith!

Kent Y.G. Mphepo
Countrymen, Being someone who knows principles of journalism, I have serious problems with the way this story has been written. It seems to have been written by someone who has an agenda contrary to journalism. He is suppressing his sources unnecessarily and yet he is reporting on serious national issues regarding a serious national organization. Actually, his attempt to use a blind source “Nyasa Times sources privy to the meeting” turns the whole story into a joke that serious-minded people cannot accept. To be fair, this seems to be a mere hoax – someone’s figment of the mind. Unfortunately, the… Read more »

Well articulated & presented. Kent, u are a true son of Malawi. Keep it up. I wish I could have your contact mobile number. U are a great citizen!

Chikakula patuka

Am in support of your opinion bwana




you deserve a credit and a journalist with good skills of analysing things..PAC has been there long tym ago, but our current political system siilibwino


I LIKE THIS. you’re worth my credit! PAC is just doing the best thing; representing majority Malawians not just free cash gaters who say the so called dpp is making progress!

Real Citizen

Good decision s always comes late. A lay man like me knew of these three sometime back. I support the idea 8677%.

Levison Thole

thats god i dears

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