BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi president will be facing the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) members in exceptional cases only as the leader has appointed a dialogue team which will be responsible for discussing with the religious grouping on matters affecting the country.
According to a press release compiled by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, the technical team includes Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu, Chief Economic Advisor and Executive Assistant to the President Collins Magalasi, Special Advisor and Assistant to the President on NGOs and Civil Society Mavuto Bamusi, Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume, and Chief Advisor to the President on Domestic Policy Hetherwick Ntaba.
Information sourced by Maravi Post indicates that the decision to appoint the dialogue has been made after the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) gurus observed that there was some kind of disrespect in the last meeting which was held at Kamuzu Palace.
The meeting, which was beamed live, saw some DPP officials accusing the PAC members of displaying uncouth gestures while talking to the president.
Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Patricia Kaliati said the PAC members were disrespectful, confrontational and hostile in their approach.
“Every Malawian expects PAC leadership to realize that it is important to accord the presidency the due respect he deserves. Some of the phrases, insinuations and innuendoes PAC has calculatedly used do not meet Malawians’ expectations.
“As government, we have no wish to disrespect the spirit of democratic engagement and dialogue between Government and PAC by going into verbal battering with each other in the media,” explained Kaliati.
With the appointment of the technical team, the religious body will only be accorded a privilege to meet the president in exceptional cases.
PAC has been instrumental in addressing the concerns of the ordinary citizens. However, the last meeting that was held in Lilongwe saw some concerned citizens criticizing the body for failing to present real issues and Mutharika outsmarted them as he was seen confidently answering questions with facts.