Malawi parties PP, UDF congratulate Tengatenga on election as PAC chairperson

The ruling People’s Party (PP) and opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) have congratulated Anglican Bishop, Right Reverend James Tengatenga for being elected chairperson of the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) executive commitee.

Bishop Tengatenga was elected as new chairman in absentia on Thursday at the committee’s annual general meeting in the commercial city of Blantyre. The multi-faith group also ushered in a new executive.

PP deputy publicity secretary, Ken Msonda said the party recognizes the role PAC plays since inception of multiparty democracy in the country.

“We would, therefore, like to assure PAC’s new office bearers of our continued unconditional support as the organization strives to play its holistic role to serve the citizenry without fear or favor. PP recognizes PAC as government working partners & defender of our republican Constitution,” said Msonda in a statement obtained by Nyasa Times.

Bishop Tengatenga: PAC chairperson
Bishop Tengatenga: PAC chairperson

Msonda said under the leadership of President Joyce Banda, “PP believes that in a multiparty dispensation; rule of law, good governance, human rights political will, tolerance, contact & dialogue are pillars of democracy”.

“Better is not good enough; under the leadership of H.E Dr Mrs. Joyce Banda as head of state, the best for this country is yet to come; the future of our beloved nation is bright & promising, there is hope & light at the end of the tunnel”.

UDF spokesman Ken Ndanga also told Nyasa Times that PAC played a vital role when it led Malawi’s transition from one-party dictatorship to political pluralism from 1992 to 1994 when the country’s first democratic elections in 30 years were held.

“With PAC we have been strong partners united by a shared commitment to democracy and good governance,” said Ndanga.

He said UDF hopes PAC will continue to advance for prosperous democracy centered on the rule of law in Malawi.

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”.

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