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Pac delegates want regime change

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Tempers flared at Public Affairs Committee’s (Pac) 5+1 All Inclusive Stakeholders Conference underway at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre where hell broke loose after some delegates started asking for regime change.

This did not please ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials led by Secretary General Greselder Jeffery and vice president (Central Region) Hetherwick Ntaba who told the delegates that DPP cannot leave government.

It all started during the afternoon session on the first day of the Pac meeting with a presentation on Public Trust that was made by University of Malawi’s Chancellor College-based governance expert Garton Kamchedzera.

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Kamchedzera said people should deny what he termed the ‘Okay Culture’ where they accept anything they perceive as normal.

Kamchedzera said people can reject ‘Okay Culture’ by, among other things, embarrassing people who are doing wrong, demanding resignations and ignoring state-organised events.

After Kamchedzera’s presentation, most delegates started asking for regime change to bring sanity in government.

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Leader of People’s Land Organisation Vincent Wandale said the President and his administration should be suspended so that corruption issues rocking the country are solved with a sober mind.

“From all the presentations we had, it is clear that government is championing corruption, then we should ask ourselves that is it in order that we ask the same government to champion the fight against corruption? I, therefore, say let the President and his team be suspended,” Wandale said.

Activist Billy Mayaya seconded the move by asking Kamchedzera to guide the meeting on procedures for regime change.

However, such comments did not go down well with Ntaba who said Pac should come out clear if the meeting’s agenda was about regime change.

“Whatever is happening now is a disgrace; if the theme is about change, let us know because we can challenge that and we can as well be worse than that,” Ntaba said

After Ntaba’s comments, Njamba Room, where the meeting is being held, turned into a battle field as DPP officials such as Jeffrey, Ken Nsonda, Charles Mchacha, Minister of Transport and DPP Campaign Director Jappie Mhango and others tried to save their party’s face.

Chancellor College Students Union President Sylvester James said the current government is the source of the country’s problems as it has nothing to write about.

Today delegates will make resolutions.

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