APM queries PAC’s silence on post- election violence

Written by  MBC Online

Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika has faulted the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) for choosing silence during post-electoral violence.

President Peter Mutharika gives his speech during the meeting with Public Affairs Committee at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana President Peter Mutharika gives his speech during the meeting with Public Affairs Committee at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
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Mutharika was speaking on Wednesday during a meeting with PAC delegates at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

 

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its political bedfellow, UTM,  have been organizing violent demonstrations since May, 2020 damaging both public and private properties in the process.

 

The Malawian leader, expressed disappointment with PAC for failing to criticise the post-electoral violence.

 

Meanwhile, the president has asked PAC on how the Committee will ensure that the loser in the Fresh Presidential Election accepts the results.

 

Taking his turn, PAC chairperson Monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale, however commended President Mutharika for his open-door policy on issues of national importance.

 

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,” said Thawale.

 

In his remarks, President Mutharika said it was in his interest to engage organizations such as PAC on matters of national importance.

 

“Public Affairs Committee holds an important place in the history of our country. It has been instrumental in the foundation of democracy in Malawi,” he said.

 

On the agenda at the meeting included the political situation after the court ruling and Malawi’s response to coronavirus.

 

Among members of PAC that are attending the meeting include PAC Executive Director Robert Phiri, Publicity Secretary Gilford Matonga, vice chairperson Osman Karim and board member Agness Kamoto.

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