PAC to meet Mutharika for dialogue resumption on Malawi political impasse, Covid-19

Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a quasi-religious body formed in 1992 during the country’s political transition from one-party to multiparty system of government, has announced  plans to meet  President Peter Mutharika on the need to resume dialogue in order to resolve the political impasse that has engulfed the country since the disputed May 2019 elections.

PAC addressed reporters in Blantyre
Bishop Gilford Matonga: PAC to resume dialogue

Speaking to reporters in Blantyre after a board members meeting , PAC spokesperson Bishop Gilford Matonga said apart from resolving the current political impasse before the fresh presidential polls , the religious body  wants President Mutharika to engage opposition political parties in the fight against further spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Matonga said  the  prevalent  resistance by some quarters in the Covid-19 pandemic fight  which led to obtaining of an injunction by  the Human  Rights Defenders Coalition(HRDC) restraining  the country’s 21 days lockdown as   preventive measure  of the pandemic calls for consultations.

He further feared that the country might head  towards heightened political tension at the  expirely of 150 days constitution court ordered time frame for the  Malawi Electoral Commision (MEC) to conduct fresh presidential polls which he said might create a political vacuum hence the need for political dialogue .

“The political tension we have witnessed in the country might get worse if nothing shall be done.

“At the moment we are faced with the coronavirus pandemic which needed both the opposition and government side to work together in fighting the pandemic but with the tense political atmosphere that is not happening, so we have agreed as PAC  to seek an audience with the Head of State for him to extend an olive branch to the opposition,” said Matonga.

The PAC mediation team comprises members from the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM), Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi (QMAM) and Malawi Council of Churches (MCC).

Led by  His Grace Thomas Luke Msusa, who is the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Blantyre of the Catholic Church, PAC embarked on a dialogue initiative in a bid to pacify the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition parties disputing the May 21 Tripartite Elections results, especially in the presidential race.

The lasy year’s  presidential race saw the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera and UTM president Saulos Chilima disputing the results in court which ruled in their favour on February 3 2020 declaring that President Mutharika was unduly elected and odered a re-run.

The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to deliver the final verdict on the matter.

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malawi2020
malawi2020
10 months ago

Kuwononga madzi kumeneko CHOKANI NOBODY WANTS YOU EXCEPT MEC & PERER

nyopani
nyopani
10 months ago

Za Jane Ansah, HRDC munatiuza zomwe munamvanazo? Chi PAC chopanda phindu ichi. Azibusa osathandiza oloooo. Musamatinyanse kupangitsa ma meeting opanda tsogolo. Mukangolowa konko ku DPP ko. Zachibwana ife tatopa nazo!!!!!!!

Alungwana
Alungwana
10 months ago

This is one thing I hate the so called PAC. The body takes time to take action.
Are you fire fighters or you control the fire?

Ingwazi
Ingwazi
10 months ago

I don’t know what made me read this nonsense mxiiii
Could have done better visiting the toilet
PAC if u don’t have anything to do please don’t waist our time you can do us good if you disband quietly
Just go and feast fill up your Bellies

Limbuli
Limbuli
10 months ago

Mr. Raza Lash whatever your name is, Peter Muntarika is not a human being. If he was a human being he could not have been killing the future of our children. He wasted his time in the USA and only to come here to destroy the country that Malawians built under the wise and dynamic leadership of Kamuzu. Professor? My foot.

YRUsostupid!
10 months ago

I am going to buy MAGNUM. Chocolate ice cream.

Mkwapu
10 months ago

Meet him for what
He is a dead man walking

Chi
Chi
10 months ago

Are you going to discuss what and why? It’s a waste time!!!considering what people lost when they were demanding Jane Ansah and the commissioners to resign or that the president fire them but nothing happened.. Some people lost life ….PAC do not waste your time. There is nothing you will achieve apart from a banquet at the palace…..peter can not be advised or reason with any one

Kandulu
Kandulu
10 months ago

it is too late for dialogue at this stage. Let the ballot paper speak this time around without being tippexed.

MERCIE
MERCIE
10 months ago

PAC is just another arm of corrupt greedy DPP povo. They are just seeking hand outs from donated funds to assist those suffering due to COVID-19. This useless group should be dismantled. Waste of resources.

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