Malawians now anxiously wait for PAC inquiry recommendations to President Mutharika

Written by  Mwai Mtumodzi

Malawians are now anxiously waiting to hear recommendations from the Parliamentary Appointments Committee (PAC) on recommendations  they will present to President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on the fate of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners.

MEC Chairperson Justice Ansah also appeared before PAC inquiry. MEC Chairperson Justice Ansah also appeared before PAC inquiry.
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The President has powers to fire the commissioners based on PAC recommendations. The commissioners  have been accused of incompetence by a panel of five judges who ruled that the May 21 presidential vote be nullified.

 

PAC finalised its inquiry with commissioner reverend Clifford Baloyi who just returned into the country on Sunday from India where he was receiving medical treatment.

 

Baloyi  insisted that the commission acted in the best interest of Malawians and that is why it has challenged the constitutional court ruling at the Supreme Court of appeal.

 

PAC delayed the inquiry on  Baloyi following disagreements within the committee. The disagreements began when some members accused their leadership of the committee of imposing things on them.

 

The bone of contention was that the committee disagreed on whether to proceed with the inquiry with Baloyi when the leadership of the committee had already adopted a report on its recommendation on the commission even before meeting Baloyi.

 

Meanwhile, the committee will meet on Tuesday to make its final recommendations which will be sent to the president for action. Eight commissioners have so far appeared before the committee with one failing due to sickness.

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