Malawi president accuses PAC for being silent to political violence
President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has accused Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of what he says being silent during violence the country has been facing for the past nine months.
Mutharika said this during a meeting with members of the quasi-religious body on Wednesday 29 April 2020 at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.
According to sources present at the meeting, Mutharika expressed his disappointment with PAC for failing to criticise the violence.
President Mutharika said it was in his interest to engage organizations such as PAC on matters of national importance.
He said: “Public Affairs Committee holds an important place in the history of our country. It has been instrumental in the foundation of democracy in Malawi”.
The president also asked PAC how the Committee will ensure that the loser in the Fresh Presidential Election accepts the results.
In response Public Affairs Committee commended President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika for his open-door policy on issues of national importance.
PAC chairperson Monsignor Dr Patrick Thawale said the organization was pleased that the President has always been warm to cordial and constructive conversation.
He said the President’s quick response in accepting their request to meet him signified his readiness and willingness to constructive dialogue on issues affecting Malawians.
“This meeting today demonstrates the importance you attach to constructive dialogue. We thank you for your openness to foster such conversations between us,” Thawale said.
Thawale however expressed his disappointment over what he terms as the selective enforcement of Covid-19 measures like acting on churches while markets are still operating as usual.
Among the PAC members who attended tthe meeting include PAC Executive Director Robert Phiri, Publicity Secretary Gilford Matonga, vice chairperson Osman Karim and board member Agness Kamoto.