PAC sets timeline for peace talks, wants to end before poll case ruling

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) says it wants to wind up its peace talks with the warring parties before the landmark election case ruling.

PAC chairperson the Reverend Dr Felix Chingota

The quasi-religious body’s chairperson the Very Reverend Felix Chingota said this would pre-empt any post-election case ruling violence.

“We have modelled our dialogue in such a way that it tackles future eventualities, we should be able to handle the aftermath of the court ruling,” said Chingota in an interview with Zodiak’s Sunday program, Tiuzeni Zoona.

The Constitutional Court is set to finish hearing the case on December 6 and the ruling will be handed down within 45 days after finishing hearing the case.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM are challenging the outcome of the May 21 presidential election, accusing Malawi Electoral Commission of complacency in the manipulation of results in favour of president Peter Mutharika.

Chingota said PAC has already written State House seeking an audience with Mutharika to brief him on the outcome of PAC’s meetings with MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera, UTM’s Saulos Chilima, MEC’s Jane Ansah and Human Rights Defenders Coalition officials.

“We want to invite him to a round table discussion with all those involved; Honourable Chakwera, Honourable Chilima, Dr. Ansah and HRDC,” he said.

He said one of the agendas during such a meeting for the high profile politicians and rights activists would be the calls for the removal of Ansah as chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission, calls which have prompted countrywide anti-Jane Ansah protests.

Mutharika on Saturday invited the opposition and the HRDC for dialogue to end the current political stalemate which is threatening the country’s economy.   Ac

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Analyst
Analyst
2 years ago

PAC is not relevant now. Nkhalamba zokhazokha with kongiresi ideas. They take sides with kongiresi.

Mwe'ene
Mwe'ene
2 years ago

PAC cannot be trusted, considering their past protestations. Simple as that.
HDRC do not deserve space at this round table: as they are mainly responsible for the recent irresponsible demos and the real damage they have caused. You do NOT negotiate with thugs. Period.
Furthermore, Judge Ansah’s position at MEC is non-negotiable. She was doing her job, and performed commendably, according to local and foreign accredited election observers.

joseph
joseph
2 years ago

This is what we need as a nation we are going in the right direction.The President has already shown interest hope everything will work for our nation building.WARNING just to let the courts melt the landmark ruling on elections case without the warring parties meeting and address the nation on peace-building messeges will be catastrophic.I hope at the end of the dialogue all the leaders will hold hands in unison and call for peace and urge their supporters to refrain from violence.ONLY PEACE CAN MAKE MALAWI BETTER.MALAWIANS LET US KEEP PEACE

THE SON OF NYIKALAND, OUR BELOVED COUNTRY

There are a lot of things which need to be done. We need to change our political system from unitary system to federalism. A federalism with rotational presidency among our three provinces. Each province must be allocated points according to its population. Southern region 35 points, Central region 30 points, and Northern region 25 points. In order for a political party to win the presidency must have more than 50 points. The governorship in each province must be rotated among the indigenous tribes. Peter Hitler Mutharika has refused to such extend of unleashing terror on the Northerners. In order for… Read more »

Gugu
Gugu
2 years ago

Hahaa. Rotational what?. You’ve got jokes. Federalism. I agree. 50 plus 1 I agree. The rest are just jokes. Also can you explain how you came up with the 35, 30 and 25?. Do you know that the past census showed that the Norths population is 13%. The Centre 43% and the South 44%.

Eagles Eye
Eagles Eye
2 years ago

I guess the round table discussions, if they happen to take place, will be broadcast live. We want to catch sellouts live!

mwana mlomwe
mwana mlomwe
2 years ago

koma sindinaone anachedzeradi kuonetsedwa mukuti round table imeneyi izatheka peter ndi jane wake uti afiti awa sangalore .koma osadanda ife tithana nawo tokha

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