DPP’s demand for PAC to change agenda rejected: Cedep wants democracy watchdog to walk the talk

Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) Executive Director, Gift Trapence said the 5+1 All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference organized by the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) is a make-or-break moment for the quasi-religious body, and has since demanded the grouping to start walking the talk rather than coming up with shopping-list during its conferences.

Msonda: Made the proposal to change agenda

Politicians from the ruling and opposition parties, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), religious organizations, human rights activists and economists as well as ordinary Malawians are currently attending the two-day conference being held at mount Soche hotel in Blantyre under the theme ‘The State of Governance And Public Trust: Reclaiming Our destiny’.

Despite that all-inclusive conferences usually come up with commendable resolutions, there has been concerns of lack of efforts to implement such resolutions.

And the concerns have been echoed by Trapence and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who have since demanded Pac to start implementing some of the resolutions that are proposed during the all-inclusive conferences if the country is to develop.

“This meeting will make or break Pac. Malawians have high hopes that such meeting will change their lives. And as civil society organization we want to see what we are discussing will achieve to change the lives of Malawians,” said Trapence.

Trapence in an interview on the sideline of the two-day conference said there was need for a change of approach in how Pac implements its resolutions as most of them usually become irrelevant with time.

“It’s not time to come up with shopping-list, there is a need to come up with strategies on how to resolutions are going to be implemented. We are good at talking but not good at implementing these resolutions,” added Trapence.

And former ruling Peoples Party (PP) publicity secretary now member of DPP, ken Msonda requested the conference to change its agenda arguing none of Pac’s resolutions from previous conferences were implemented.

However, Msonda’s proposition was shot down by the delegates to the conference. There were fears that Pac will use the meeting to push for change of government.

“This meeting should have been a follow up on the other conference held last year. Our expectations are that we should be getting report on what has been achieved and what is remaining to be achieved. We seem not to be making progress because we keep on sweeping under the carpet what was proposed in previous conferences,” argued Msonda.

Msonda said DPP has faith in Pac and expressed hope that the current conference would change approach in how Pac resolutions are implemented.

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9 thoughts on “DPP’s demand for PAC to change agenda rejected: Cedep wants democracy watchdog to walk the talk”

  1. the conference is not organized by them, how can they change agenda of the same. They were there as invited guests not otherwise.

  2. Kent Y.G. Mphepo says:


    Let me congratulate PAC for inviting (or is it allowing?) DPP to attend the 5+1 conference currently running in Blantyre.

    It is, however, a pity that when some Malawians like Hon. Nsonda lye through their teeth during such important conferences, the rest of remain quite like dead woods. I find it unethical for anyone from DPP to stand up in such an important conference to claim that “DPP has faith in PAC.” I find this not only unethical but also disgusting and diabolical. Which DPP and which PAC is Hon. Nsonda talking about? Is Mr. Nsonda not contradicting the high dosage of vitriol against PAC that we Malawians, who choose to listen to and watch our own national broadcaster, MBC, are enduring from the DPP leaders and supporters on both radio and television? Is it not DPP that is sending its stooges to tarnish the image of PAC by claiming that it (PAC) has now become “a political party??” and that the current conference “is being funded by opposition political parties”? Is it not DPP’s Mtaba and its Secretary General who, the other day, organized a whole press conference just to tell the public that PAC has completely lost direction??

    You see, Malawians, lying, whether in public or private, is a sign of bad character and leadership and we should not allow people like Nsonda and his DPP to get away with this kind of behavior. What kind of behavior do we, as a country, want to bequeath on our children if we continue allowing bad politicians to spoil their character? A country of daylight liers?? Unless the journalist who is reporting is lying too, I feel that the conference needed to ask Mr. Nsonda to withdraw his statement right there and then otherwise he needed to be asked to leave the conference hall immediately. The truth of the matter is that since time immemorial DPP has never loved PAC and it has never had “faith” in PAC. This is a pure lie.

    In the past 2 months everybody who has watched or listened to MBC consistently will attest to the fact that DPP and its government hates PAC and doesn’t see any good in PAC and everybody associated with it and it is for this reason that if I were part of the conference I would have moved a motion to ask him withdraw his lie, apologize or match out of the conference. I am really surprised that delegates tolerated this at this important hour of our nationhood. Malawians, for how long are we going to tolerate and smile at this kind of behavior and yet our country is sinking with each passing day? All human development indicators are showing that nothing good is happening in this country and the reason is that we have leaders who thrive on hoodwinking the public with lies and half-truths starting from the top to the bottom.

    My hope and prayer is that this conference will not be another talk-shop where emotions are raised, allowances shared and shallow resolutions made and twelve months down the line all we can remember is how much allowances we received and what the conference theme was. Malawians are suffering. Think about the 50.7% Malawians that World Banks says are living below the poverty line in this country. Think about University students and graduates who are loafing in our homes due to campuses that can remain unopened for months one end and an economy that is shrinking each passing year hence not able to breed jobs for the youth. Think of the over MK280 billion debt that we have accumulated in the last 10 years alone – this is despite Western country cancelling a similar amount of debt. Think about the over 100 tractors that were shared among the rich few and passing the debt on the rest of us. Think about the white elephants on which our taxes are being carelessly spent sucha as the Nsanje Port, the Greenbelt Initiative and now the Salima-Lilongwe Water project that is obviously going to fail. Think about people who are losing jobs en-mass due to a non performing economy and companies that are downsizing. Think of over 50,000 workers who were working on Press Farming, General Farming and many estates that have since closed down in the past twenty years due to politicking and poor government policy. Think of teachers who are receiving their salaries on the 40th day of the month and yet money in Ministry of Education and the entire government system is being abused everyday at Capital Hill. Think of the MK577 billion that we have lost and noone wants to be held accountable. Think of the many cashgate cases that are failing to finish due to a corrupt government system. Think of the Zambia Maize Scandal that is being swept under the carpet despite clear evidence of who was corrupt in the purchase process. Think of millions of farmers who will make huge losses this year due to poor marketing policies. Think of the shortage of drugs in hospitals, patients who are eating one meal a day and medics that are failing to work because drugs are being looted and health facilities have turned into death concentration camps. Think of thousands and thousands of half-baked youth graduating from half-baked CDSSes, public universities and street-side colleges whose intellectual capacity has completely been destroyed/murdered at the hands of those who masquerade as leaders and yet deep inside them are looters and thieves of the highest order. Think about ……..

    I can go on and on. My point is: those of you at the conference must get angry with the mediocrity of that this country is wallowing in. Call a spade a spade and don’t be intimidated by fortune seekers who think this country belongs to them alone. This is our country and we need to die for it if God so wills. Remember that you are representing 17 million of us who have issues to raise against this crop of politicians, both in government and opposition, but logistically we cannot be there. So, face them head-on. You will have our support in whatever you resolve as long as it is for the good of our people.

    As for the DPP, it’s good you allowed them to attend but don’t allow them to continue lying and intimidating PAC. We all know the history of PAC and what it has been doing over the years. We don’t need the Bvumbwes, Malasas and … of this world to tell us what this organization was formed for. We all remember how it performed during MCP’s one-party state; during UDF’s Third-term bid and during Bingu’s Fuel-shortage days. Some of us are tired of their (DPP) shallow arguments and political diatribe. Ask them to sit down if they have nothing else to say. Tell them to stop the lies and propaganda they are putting on MBC if they want us to believe their story. Malawi is us. Malawi is ours.

    As for the opposition, let them behave too. No misplaced emotions (of course we need holy anger!). No propaganda. No revenge. They should give facts constructively so the country can begin to move forward. This is not an opposition vs. government conference. It is a “national conference”. Remember that poverty is dehumanizing Malawians in the villages. You too may have contributed to where the country is right now. So, be humble and sober-minded. Mukamaloza ena chala nanunso zitatu zikukulozani. Chilikumzako usamati “chigwire nyanga!”. I know that Malawi’s most brilliant politicians and technocrats, right now, are on the opposition benches. But, I know too that “nkholokolo” ziri mitu bii… komwekonso tho! Zisalankhule.

    Kent Y.G. Mphepo – Blantrye 0888435629

    1. MNDAMBALA BOY says:

      Bwana Mphepo, Malawians need a Malawian leader who is from Malawi, his or her home is Malawi.
      Kale munthu wankulu akamana, timachita manyazi ndife amene tanva bodzalo, while pamapo bodza has become the driving gear of the Government, what kind of a driver we have? am sure you can agree with me, since people had hope pa Dr Bakili Muluzi for he was the first mart party president, what ever he was speaking during his time, kaya zonyoza, zanthabwala, zenizeni, he was planting them, these problems we have today it is because of the foundation of mart party system in Malawi, we thought castigating each other kaya pa TV or pa Radio was one of the way how mart party is, now you can see that public castigation is like a culture in our country. another example, Bakili Muluzi used much his weapon to defeat MCP by speaking much the death of those all people, until to day you will see people still talk about them to weaken MCP, you see the seed that Bakili Muluzi planted? believe me this will take time, it is the same Bakili Muluzi eish! any way.
      God Bless Malawi!!

  3. banda says:

    No sane person can trust Msonda

  4. Mzika says:

    Msonda wapanga u MAC ma ukwati ambiri ngochenjera pakamwa koma opanda nzeru and omusat ndokumukhulupilira akusocheresani munthu wadyera odya pension ya bambo ake Ali moyo

  5. Becks says:

    Who walks the talk in malawi. ? CEDEP and Trapense? Shame

  6. Maunits says:

    Msonda have Faith in God the almighty not PAC. But you can say we have trust in you PAC after all Msonda ndiwe hule la zipani ufera ku dpp konko. Trapence ndiwe wa guy rights you practice it and no doubt about it all along for being silent knowing for sure that you have pocketed from Mathanyula stay there you will end there.

  7. santana says:

    Trapence on the neck of PAC? Madzi achita katondo!!!!!!

  8. Patrick Phiri says:

    Surely Msonda had a point. Is it because he is from DPP that his proposal was rejected?

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