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Pac calls for economic and political direction

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Influential quasi-religious democracy watchdog, the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) is set to conduct an all-inclusive stakeholders’ conference meeting that will tackle issues regarding the economic and political status of the country.

The meeting is scheduled to take place on February 17 and 18, 2016 after Pac noted that the economic and political direction of the country remains unsatisfactory.

In its assessment of the political and economic governance last year, the board of Pac adopted a resolution that a 5th All- Inclusive Conference be held to redefine the country’s political and economic path in a constructive manner.

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In an exclusive interview with The Daily Times, Pac’s Executive Director Robert Phiri disclosed that it is the organisation’s mandate to follow up with the economic and political governance of the country arguing that this was also done during the Joyce Banda and Bingu administration.

“Pac’s mandate on this event is drawn from its constitution which states that [Pac will] enter into and maintain a dialogue with any person, political body or any other institution in the Republic of Malawi regarding any issues of concern to the nation. Our role is to also encourage religious bodies to fulfill their prophetic and religious roles, and respond to the socio-economic and political affairs of the Republic of Malawi. Therefore Pac’s mandate remains the same as it was before, there is no change at all,” Phiri said.

Phiri further said the overarching principle Pac has been advocating is transformative leadership and when there is need for their intervention they do what is required.

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“The board reached at this agreement following the fact that Pac sought commitment from presidential candidates in 2014 with an overall goal to hold leaders accountable. This was to be concretised by implementation of the 19 issues discussed with the candidates. The overarching principle Pac has been advocating is transformative leadership,” he said.

Responding to government’s commitment towards the programme, Phiri said so far the organisation has already engaged the government to secure its participation in the deliberations.

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