Malawi President Peter Mutharika has reportedly postponed the meeting which he was scheduled to have on Tuesday with quasi religious body, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to discuss possibility of reduction of presidential powers among other key issues.
PAC executive director Robert Phiri said government has told the influential group that the meeting with President Mutharika has been postponed indefinitely.
“Government said they will communicate to us on a new date,” said Phiri.
Government spokesman Jappie Mhango confirmed that a meeting was “proposed for March 29” but pointed out that President Mutharika’s busy schedule has made it impossible to “schedule” it.
“The President’s meeting with PAC will be held in not too distant future,” said Mhango.
PAC spokesman Father Peter Mlomole said the grouping will furnish the President on the resolutions at their 5th All Inclusive Stakeholders Conference where the opposition voiced calls for the Head of State to step down.
The organisation would also raise the issue of reducing the presidential powers.
But Mutharika is on record saying he was set to veto any bill aimed at reducing his presidential powers.
There have been concerns that the President has excess powers that include the appointment of statutory corporations that include of tax payers funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation that has now compromised its public broadcaster status as it is more of the ruling party propaganda machine than a public broadcaster.
PAC held a two-day stakeholders conference under the theme Defining Solutions to Economic and Political Direction in Malawi with efforts to find solutions to the problems dogging the country.