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The Public Affairs Committee (Pac) has condemned the recent endorsements of presidential candidates for the 2025 general elections, describing them as unfortunate.

Speaking in a telephone interview, spokesperson for the body Reverend Gilford Matonga said it is uncalled for, for political parties to get in campaign mode as early as now.

He challenged political parties to concentrate on developing the nation instead.

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Members of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) have in recent weeks been saying President Lazarus Chakwera will be the party’s torch bearer in 2025.

In addition, some sections of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have been rooting for former president Arthur Peter Mutharika’s comeback.

“Malawians are looking for development; Malawians are not looking for more empty promises that political parties make during this particular time. We want to see development, we want to see people rally behind developmental agenda; that’s what we would want to advise,” Matonga said.

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He said Malawians continue to suffer and wallow in poverty such that politicians, through their political parties, have a duty to liberate Malawians from the problems and make their livelihoods better.

“Politicking at this stage is not beneficial for Malawians; politicians normally take Malawians for granted as they do that.

“They know people are suffering, they know there is great pain around in this country and some people would like to take advantage of that and try to discredit each other and make some more empty promises to masses which is quite discouraging at the moment,” Matonga explained.

Asked on how they are rating the performance of the Tonse Alliance government now that they will be clocking two years in power next month, Matonga said they are yet to make an assessment but was quick to say they have raised concerns over levels of corruption, rising costs of living and upholding the rule of law and that the concerns still remain.

Political analyst Ernest Thindwa last week said the endorsements are a departure from democratic principles in which other interested candidates would be discouraged and feel intimidated.

“It is important for the party to be seen to be democratic by avoiding creating an atmosphere that favours the incumbent,” Thindwa said about Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara’s endorsement of Chakwera.

One of the Tonse Alliance partners, People’s Transformation Party (Petra) through its President Kamuzu Chibambo spoke against the endorsements, saying they are a manifestation of failure to comprehend alliance dynamics.

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