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The Public Affairs Committee (Pac) says it is not and will not be moved by what government is saying to the nation on the credibility of the committee, among others.

In his opening remarks at the quasi-religious body’s 5+1 All Inclusive Stakeholders Conference, Pac Chairperson Reverend Felix Chingota said Pac is working in line with its duty to ensure that the government people entrusted is delivering according to the expectations and promises made.

Chingota said government has been parading Civil Society Organisations and chiefs on the state-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation to castigate Pac and the effects of the conference.

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“We know what we are doing is right. The government should be responsible and accountable to the people they govern. It is unfortunate that government does not want an audit on how they are fairing. They represent the people and the people have the right to demand what they want from it,” he said.

He said the body will not relent on providing a platform for Malawians to express themselves.

“Enough is enough, we will not fold our hands because of castigations or mudslinging from other quarters or within ourselves.

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“We are aware in modern times, children of darkness have become smarter than children of the light. However, truth and justice will prevail, Pac shall remain Pac,” Chingota said.

He further said Pac will ensure that the resolutions are implemented and that government is held accountable for what the people of Malawi represented by the delegates want.

“The theme for the conference is very timely. Malawians need to know the state of governance. A lot of people are suffering, government has to know and do something about it. Now governance and trust work hand in hand that is why the theme is also tackling public trust. From the presentations, we can clearly see that Malawians have lost trust in the government. Now this conference will give government a platform to know what has to be done to gain that trust,” he said.

In his presentation on public trust, Garton Kamchezera of University of Malawi’s Chancellor College said Malawians have lost trust in government.

“In conclusion, there is erosion of public trust, evidenced by poor governance and lack of accountability,” he said.

Thursday, delegates are expected to map the way forward on the resolutions that will be made.

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