Former president Bakili Muluzi met with leaders of the newly formed Interfaith Forum for Peace, Justice and Dialogue at his BCA residence in Blantyre on Tuesday in an effort to explore lasting solutions to the ongoing political impasse in the country.
Muluzi and the grouping, through its spokesperson Reverend Timothy Nyasulu, confirmed the development.
“It was a courtesy call on me, meant to encourage me on the peace-keeping mission that I have undertaken of ensuring peace and stability in this country, by talking to the Human Rights Defenders Coalition [HRDC]. They say they fully support it; this country needs peace,” Muluzi said.
Muluzi met with the religious leaders two days after HRDC rebuffed his call for a second meeting to discuss their planned demonstrations at the country’s borders and airports scheduled for August 26 to 30 2019.
HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, said the Muluzi dialogue had no direction since he has not yet given them feedback from the meeting he had with President Peter Mutharika.
But Muluzi said Mtambo and team are mistaken saying there was need to appreciate that dialogue is a continuous process and that responsible citizens should take part in the peace conversation.
“If they say they don’t want to talk, then what? I hope they will reconsider their position. Malawi will always have problems and differences but the key is dialoguing. They should have taken advantage of this second meeting to ask me what I discussed with the President,” he said.
Nyasulu said they were not duplicating the efforts by Public Affairs Committee (Pac).
“We are not divorced from Pac. It is like when fire breaks out in a building, various exits are used to save lives and property,” he said.
Asked on when they would meet Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah, Nyasulu said Malawians should wait for the determination of the court in the election case to ascertain the extent of her wrongdoing.