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Government, Pac agree to diffuse mistrust

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Following the appointment of a technical team by President Peter Mutharika to embark on a fresh dialogue with the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) the two parties have agreed to ensure a cordial and conducive environment between them.

The agreement was made during their first dialogue session which was held in Blantyre on Monday chaired by Reverend Felix Chingota, Pac chairperson, and Samuel Tembenu, Minister of justice and constitutional affairs.

In a joint statement the two parties said they will discharge their responsibilities with diligence and with interests of the people at heart.

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“The dialogue set an environment by agreeing key principles to govern the dialogue process. These include respect, openness, transparency with information and all matters, the need to approach the media with common positions, and handling of information with integrity and honesty. The public will be kept informed of the outcomes from these meetings through jointly held press briefings or comuniques” read the statement signed by Chingota and Tembenu.

The two parties further agreed to conduct health dialogues that will solve issues from both sides amicably.

“We wish to assure the nation that we are set for a healthy dialogue and we will hold our next meeting within a reasonably short time from now,” it reads.

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The fresh dialogue comes following a two hour deliberations between the President and Pac led by its chairperson the Reverend Felix Chingota that ended in a stalemate on April 21 with the President categorically stating that his administration does not take deadlines from anyone.

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