PAC says mass demos  will be held 2018

Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a multi-faith human rights, democracy and accountability watchdog, says the mass demonstrations that were earlier called off will be held in the coming new year.

PAC ‘s Phiri: Mass Demos will be held next year

The protests were called off to push for enactment of the Electoral Reforms Bills following government’s indication that it would table all the pieces of legislation.

But the bills, including the 50-plus-one electoral system of electing a Head of State, were rejected .

The three Bills which government shot down are the Assumption of Office President (Transitional Arrangement) Bill, Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections Bill and the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill. They were all shot down on Thursday and on Friday before the Second Reading.

PAC executive secretary Robert Phiri said the board will meet in January and direct the secretariat on when exactly the demonstrations can be held.

Phiri said there were wide consultations on the Bills, using the civil society task force and that the shooting down of the Bills is regrettable and retrogressive to the advancement of democracy for the country.

He said  PAC secretariat is ready with the protests, saying they have a minimum of 120 placards and reflectors for all the marchers countrywide.

“We have the banners, which are ready with the messages. So for us, it’s just a matter of the board’s resolution,” Phiri said.

Phiri said the mass demonstrations will be held next year and there should be no doubts about it, expressing the hope that people will participate in the protests.

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Makolija
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Munayenda nokha. Ask Billy Mayaya

santana
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Zogubazi ndiye zanu munazolowera ku Payoniya. Mukatha kuguba-guba mudzatiuza kuti panopa mwalowa m’boma ndi perete wanuyo. Mikanjo lende-lende kuvutikira Chakwera? Muziwanso mu 2019 wina abwerera ku KANISA.

Omex70
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Mlomwe Original ukunama kwambiri. Mipingo yake iti yatulukamoyo. Osamangolota zinthuzi. Udzakhumudwa ndikuchita manyazi tsikulo likaddzalengezedwa.

Omex70
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Benedicto Mbewe, you are the one who is an Argent of devil. If you can’t see the reason why people should demand some things from government then you have a big problem with your reasoning capacity.

benjones
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THE EARLIER THE BETTER.

santana
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Mr Kent, you have just wasted time and energy writing this nonsense. I thought you would first ask your Phiri what will be the reason for the next demos? It was said that the bill was for all Malawians not only for Chakwera or Livingstonia Synod. That is true, this is why when tabled MPs from all parties participated,debated freely and later shot it down. Is it the DPP which shot it down? It is an individual MP who did the shooting. The govt on the request by PAC tabled the bill and stopped there. It was now the turn… Read more »
LIPHAVA NAMMANDWA NGONGOLIWA
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LIPHAVA NAMMANDWA NGONGOLIWA

PAC don’t mind those who accuse you. They are not for Malawi but for a mere tribal party.

Since these government MPs have decided to dupe us by pretending to debate the bills we will also resort to demonstrating till something gotta give. In the middle of the chaos there will be order of some kind. We the People have resolved that we want those bills passed. No caucuses against any of the bills. Keep your fucking chief whips away from these bills. You can no longer be trusted.

Mlomwe Original
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Munaiphonya pomapaja,mipingo yambiri yatulukamo mwasala catholic yokha.

Kent Y.G. Mphepo
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COUNTRYMEN, it is sad that in their wisdom the DPP-led government still thinks that they can play games on these important bills forever. The truth of the matter is that government is about working for the governed. If a government loses the trust of the governed no matter how clever they may play their politics the truth will still catch up with them some day. We say what transpired in October, 2017, By-Elections when DPP lost 5-1 to MCP. Listening to the arguments that the DPP-led government used is discrediting the tabling and passing of the electoral reforms bills one… Read more »
Citizen
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Malawi is in the hands of God not PAC, and for your information the blood you are looking for will never be found just stop your nonsense!

Mmalawi wa Woke
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You are everything but confused sir. The moment we try to make other races as victims in Malawi some of us from those races that are deemed as enjoying the fruits when we are now will also be angry. In my view, you are a race baiter sir. Lilongwe has its share of the productive sector concentrated here, including NGOs, government agencies etc. We will not go anywhere as a nation of people who are leading critical organisations think the way you are thinking sir. Let’s build rather than being part of ensuring that Malawi has a race war. We… Read more »
Achi
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Just tell us the date. We’re more than ready. Ifenso red odzavala tsikulo tikusungila.
Honestly u did well to call off the demos, this gave Govt alot of rope, now the DPP Govt can safely hang themselves up. No matter how long darkness may be, morning shall surely come

Chokazingapitala
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And no cancelling this time around ife ngokonzekakonzeka Demo yomweyo cz DPP is shit. There is time for everything. DPP ur time is up agalu achabechabe. PAC we are behind you osaonetsa kutopa osafooka go konko just tell us the date. The sooner the better

Munya
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So what will happen after your demos? Anzanu a DPP ali busy campaigning while the mother that is carrying this prodigal reverend are busy planning to be walking on roads. I now agree that the opposition in Malawi and whoever is behind it are cursed.

Future president
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I agree entirely with you Achi. It is good the demos were called off otherwise we would have wasted the energy on a decoy. Govt tried to sell us a dummy by pretending to table the hills when they knew they would reject them. They thought they had the last laugh but they didn’t. Now we know what their true colour is and we will demonstrate against the substantive issue of misrule. That way the demos will carry the tone of ‘we don’t want you in 2019’ rather than the small matter of tabling electoral laws.

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