There seems to be hide and seek between State House and the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) over the scheduled meeting between President Peter Mutharika and the quasi-religious body.
Pac has been holding meetings with various stakeholders in order to find solutions to the political impasse that has reigned in the country since May 21 tripartite elections.
Pac last met Chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Jane Ansah, and announced then that next to be met was Mutharika.
State House Press Secretary, Mgeme Kalilani, confirmed to have received the letter from Pac seeking an audience with Mutharika.
“We have finally fetched the letter from them [Pac] last Thursday and we sent it to the Office of the President and Cabinet [OPC] for further processing. Should there be progress on the letter, you shall be informed accordingly,” Kalilani said.
Pac Executive Director, Robert Phiri, however, refused to comment on the matter.
On November 8 2019 Pac had a meeting in Blantyre where the scheduled meeting with Mutharika was top on the agenda.
At the meeting, delegates from the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Muslim Association of Malawi, Evangelical Association of Malawi, Quadria Association of Malawi and Malawi Council of Churches sought answers from Pac on the status of the appointment with Mutharika and the dialogue process.
Phiri, in a separate interview, confirmed about the meeting but could not divulge more details.
“I do confirm that the meeting took place, but as executive director, I always have to seek guidance from my principals on issues of national importance,” Phiri said.
Asked on how far they have gone in re-engaging other parties, he said they can only do so after meeting Mutharika.
Political commentator Makhumbo Munthali has asked Pac and State House to end the blame-game saying if such continues it is betrayal to Malawians who are looking forward to the lasting solution to the country’s political impasse.
“Now that the State House has acknowledged receipt of the letter through the OPC, there is now no need to delay the process any further. While the court process is critical to the current impasse, the need to find a lasting political solution to the post-election crisis cannot be underestimated. This is where the dialogue with all parties involved is crucial in as far as finding the lasting solution to this is concerned,” Munthali observed.
On his return from Russia-Africa Summit in Russia three weeks ago, Mutharika came out and emphasised the need to end the instability and rebuild the country.