Pac condemns political threats
Influencial democracy watchdog, the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) has described the recent political developments aimed at silencing critics of government’s policies and actions as undemocratic and retrogressive politics by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The remarks follow reports that some political leaders are intimidating presenters and delegates with contrary views from those of government during the 5th all-inclusive stakeholder conference that was held in February this year.
Political commentators have alleged that some people are threatening them using social media platforms and WhatsApp messages for expressing their views on various issues affecting the country.
In its observation, Pac says the continuation of such acts may cause strife at a time when government has failed to provide social services.
“We further feel that public trust continues to be eroded following political techniques such as intimidation and attacking institutions as well as individuals through social media. We appeal to political leaders to desist from such actions,” reads in part a statement signed by Pac Chairperson Felix Chingota and Publicity Secretary Peter Mulomole.
Pac further condemns the fracas that ruined a rally by opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in Mzuzu, arguing that Malawi embraced a democratic constitution which recognises freedom of speech and association in order to promote a democratic culture and values.
“It is Pac’s belief that this unbecoming behaviour is not a solution to Malawi’s challenges especially at a time when the economic and political direction of the country remains hazy,” the statement adds.
Efforts to talk to Blessings Chinsinga Chancellor College based political commentator, who also alleged that he was intimidated, proved futile as he could not be reached on his mobile phone.
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