Public Affairs Committee (Pac) is on Thursday this week scheduled to meet to agree on dates for 5+1 All Inclusive Conference which the organisers admit will likely activate the 90 days call for President Peter Mutharika to resign.
Pac has been criticised for failing to make a bold decision after the all-inclusive conference held in February but The Daily Times has learnt that the quasi-religious body agreed in principle that the current regime had failed to deliver and ought to have resigned.
According to draft minutes we have seen of a meeting held on 25 February, 2016, Pac agreed to inform Mutharika about the development during interface meeting which was postponed in March, 2016. It is also reported that members agreed to give a chance to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration to be heard before activating the 90 days call for resignation.
Reads par t o f the minutes:”In conclusion, members observed that the regime had failed to deliver and a reasonable solution was for it to resign to avoid mass protests in future. It was agreed that this could not be part and parcel of the communiqué but could be shared to the head of state through interface meeting as a recommendation to be considered. It was felt that this approach could serve as a conflict prevention tool at the time.
“Further, Pac felt that you could not call government to resign at the same time give it recommendations. Contrary to what the government brands donors as instigating change, Pac was under intense pressure from the development partners not to include 90 days until all local remedies were exhausted such as dialogue and observance of whether there were improvements in service delivery by the current regime following the conference.”
In an interview yesterday, Pac Executive Director Robert Phiri said the organisation respects wishes of the delegates.
“It is not clear how Pac will handle such a demand should it arise in the forthcoming conference given that the resolution were submitted to Mutharika and have not been acted upon by the current regime. Pac discusses several issues under item of the agenda ‘Emerging Issues’ and as far as political governance is concerned, there are several scenarios the board examines to arrive at a decision. So yes , as we analyse outcomes of the conference risk analysis and conflict prevention take a centre stage. However, this does not mean that Pac is silenced by any other stakeholder.”
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