Officials from the government negotiating team with Public Affairs Committee (PAC) have hit back at the quasi religious body, describing its representatives as impatient and unrealistic.
Mavuto Bamusi, presidential aide and one of the officials who sits on the President Peter Mutharika appointed committee, said the government technical team had told PAC that the dialogue could not go on with parliament meeting in Lilongwe.
“We told them that most of our key members are cabinet ministers and they are attending to parliamentary matters, PAC is just unnecessarily impatient and unrealistic,” he said.
Bamusi acknowledged that the progress on the dialogue has been slow but said the dialogue process would continue soon after parliament rises in two weeks time.
Mutharika appointed the committee to continue with the diaogue that started at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe following an all inclusive high profile indaba for PAC in February in Blantyre.
Among others, Jessie Kabwila of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Kamlepo Kalua of Peoples Party asked Mutharika to resign but PAC did not take this on its resolutions.
PAC chairman Felix Chingota accused PAC of frustrating the dialogue process.
“Some of the issues would have been well handled whilst parliament is meeting issues like Constitutional review, reforms at Anti Corruption Bureau and the Auditor General office,” he said.
Political commentator Henry Chingaipe said there was need for a time table of the dialogue to avoid the accusations and counter accusations over the delays.
“They should agree on when to start the dialogue and when to end the dialogue, this will greatly help move the dialogue,” he said.
He asked both the government committee and PAC to be sober when approaching issues of national importance.
The government committee is chaired by Justice minister Samuel Tembenu and others include Health minister Peter Kumpalume, presidential aides Hetherwick Ntaba and Bamusi.