Malawi clergy to march and petition President Mutharika on Electoral Reforms Bills

The quasi-religious governance watchdog Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has said it will march peacefully to Kamuzu Palace, the official residence of President Peter Mutharika in Lilongwe, to present a petition over the missing of Electoral Reforms and Local Government Council Composition laws in the business schedule of the current sitting in Parliament.

PAC leadership to lead march to State House and petition Mutharika over Electoral Reforms Bill

PAC made its resolutions after its emergency board meeting in Blantyre after noting the absence of Electoral Reforms Bills on the agenda for the ongoing Parliament meeting.

The proposed laws, six in total, are missing from the Order Paper—an outline of business to be transacted in Parliament— but in an elusive statement Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu said he would table them.

PAC chairperson the Reverend Felix Chingota, said the organisation which has lobbied the government, opposition and the Speaker on the bills, met  to discuss the way forward after noting that government has not included the bills on the agenda.

“We are of the opinion that issues of elections are actually at the heart of national life and tampering with issues of elections is actually tampering with the lives of people,” said Chingota.

He said the march will be held next week Tuesday and that the clergy will be in their full regalia.

“After petitioning the President we will present another petition to the Speaker of Parliament, asking him to consider the two matters as priorities,” said Chingota.

Civil society organisations (CSOs), notably Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (Cedep), last week appealed to members of Parliament (MPs) to boycott proceedings if the bills are not indicated on the business for the current meeting.

Opposition parties are firm on boycotting proceedings unless government commits to table the proposed laws.

Dedza North West MP Alekeni Menyani (MCP) wondered why the Bill has not appeared on notices and said their action is adding to the lies they have been feeding Malawians for long.

“Government must not hold us to ransom. We have had enough of these lies. For how long are we going to hold our patience?” he said.

The Electoral Reforms Bills include an amendment of Section 80(2) of the Constitution and Section 96 (5) of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act proposing 50+1 percent majority in presidential election and an amendment of Section 81 (3) of the Constitution for swearing in of the President and Vice-President to be done after 30 days.

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J.K.Rivers
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Santana, where are you? I miss your scholarly comments which you used to post on Nyasa Times. I know there is now a counterfeit Santana on this electronic media. We readers are able to tell he is not the genuine Santana.

Chombe tea
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Santana got a big lesson…Mulungu simunthu. He now thinks twice whenever he wants to comment

Ndadabwa
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a pita kodi mulibe nzeru eti. simukumuona mzanu Mugabe momwe wathera. kumangoti dovu chuchuchu polankhula mmutu modzadza madzi. mukuona ngati a Malawi ndi opusa. akukunamizanitu nikalasi ndi beni. akuphweteketsani. ndi ana oipa amenewo

DPP BOMA
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Go konko

Budi
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Azibusa sopano matching for Christ, no sorry matching for politics. God will judge!

Buyelekhaya
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Anthu ogona tulo tofa nato ngati iwe Budi ndi amene mwathandizira kwambiri kuti dziko lino likhale lomvetsa chisoni ngati mmene liriri pano!

Budi
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Lets wait and see yemwe akugona pakati pa iwe ndi ine!

Omex70
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Bravo PAC! We shall be together on Tuesday next week. Marching for justice and Democracy in Malawi.

Comrade
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DDP leadership must not behave as if they own this country, they will not succeed fighting men of God; Late Dr. Kamuzu Banda did try, he failed miserably. Tomorrow don’t say you were not warned……..

Alinafe Phiri
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Kuzolowera kutenga boma mwa u khuluku,akuopa chiyani,mwinaso ndi Mwayi wawo

Dangerous Dave
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Pitala is another stupid man just like Mugabe. He thinks he is immortal. Malawians are watching you and we are not silly. You must make Malawi a better place.Your silly brother was responsible for fuel shortages and stealing and you are responsible for power outages and stealing too. The Muthalikas are as dangerous as black mambas. Very deadly.

Bristone Mabichi
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Now is the time, now is the time to put this country together. We need laws that cut across: 50+1 agreed and swearing aftern30 days agreed. Malawi is not in competition with any other country, we are who we are. 30 days is enough for any wrangles to be sorted out. Bravo PAC!! VIVA PAC! I will be there, it takes me only 3 minutes to reach the place stated, that is, minus traffic congestion. Tiyeni komweko. Dziko lathu ili.

Kaitano
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This Bill and i repeat this Bill is not for M.C.P and or any party, it is for us Malawi as a Democratic Country.

Khwangwala wapana one T
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Khwangwala wapana one T

Who said its for MCP? HUH

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