Malawi quasi-religious organisation the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has elected Right Reverend James Tengatenga, the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Malawi, as its new chairperson.
Tengatenga was elected in absentia Thursday at the committee’s annual general meeting in the commercial city of Blantyre.
PAC, a platform for different denominations advocating for different issues in Malawi, elected Moderator of the Blantyre Synod, Rev. Dr. Felix Chingota as vice chairperson.
Father Emmanuel Chimombo is the new Secretary General.
The new spokesman of PAC is Catholic priest, Father Peter Mulomole who is also a director of Catholic Development Commission of Malawi (Cadecom) .
PAC executive committee members are Caroline Bwanali-Mussa, Yacinta Mtambo, Chris Chisoni and Bishop Godfrey Matonga.
The AGM also elected PAC board of trustees and the members are Bishop Fanuel Magangani and the Reverend Timothy Nyasulu from Malawi Council of Churches, Osman Karim from Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi, Sheikh Idrissa Mahomed and a Mr Twanje from Muslim Association of Malawi, Auxiliary Bishop Montfort Stima from Episcopal Conference of Malawi and the Reverend Fletcher Kaiya from Evangelical Association of Malawi.
PAC is the oldest and most well-known nongovernmental organization in the country and also the national chapter of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP)
Its mission statement is “to mobilize the general public through the religious community and other stakeholders in promoting democracy, development, peace and unity through civic education, mediation and advocacy”.
PAC led Malawi’s transition from one-party dictatorship to political plularism from 1992 to 1994 when the country’s first democratic elections in 30 years were held.