The Public Affairs Committee (PAC), an inter-faith organization comprising main protestant, Catholic and Muslim faith groups in Malawi has said the two-day national stakeholders forum which it recently organised on inclusivity and federalism, aimed at enhancing common understanding of federalism, said the debate will now be more structured and “federalism will not be seen as a divisive tool in our society. “
PAC through its chairman Rev. Dr. Felix Chingota and spokesman Father Peter Mulomole said in a communiqué that PAC is set to form a Task Force. responsible to address federalism issues among other in the country.
“As PAC , we note that federalism is a system of government that re-enforces devolution. Malawi needs to radically reform the governance architecture if Malawi is to develop in the next 50 years. PAC will continue to make its contribution by way of enhancing public dialogue on issues of constitutional review, electoral reforms and devolution, including federalism,” reads the communiqué.
PAC said:“There is need for a round table discussion on federalism involving proponents and opponents.”
As regards the time frame within which the debate on federalism will be concluded, PAC said the availability of funds for such a constructive debate will dictate the pace.
“PAC will not be moved by emotions but will follow a process approach. Therefore the National Stakeholders Forum is just one of the activities that will be implemented to determine the position on federalism as was indicated in a notice in the Daily newspapers prior to the event.”
PAC said the conference resolved to have a Task Force to outline a road map that detail how the conversation on federalism should proceed.
“It was further suggested that the road map should include legal reforms. Dissemination of information on inclusivity and federalism should be undertaken with a multi-sectoral approach
“There is need for more and better media engagement to disseminate information, civic-educate people at various levels of society.”
PAC will give feedback on the process to President Peter Mutharika “so that he is well-informed about what is going on.”
According to Robert Phiri of PAC, the aim of the forum they organised was to promote common understanding on federalism among its stakeholders and those who influence the public by their media comments on regular basis; to locate the debate on federalism on agreed roadmap thereby preventing violent conflict; and provide comparative experiences on federalism so that participants gain a broader understanding on the matter.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :