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Pac urges President-elect to reach out to losing counterparts

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Ernest Thindwa

The Public Affairs Committee (Pac) has appealed to the incoming President that was elected during Tuesday’s fresh presidential election to reach out to those that were not successful in the contest.

Pac spokesperson Gilford Matonga has told Malawi News that the quasi-religious prouping plans to meet the President and Vice President-elect on the same.

“The new government should make sure to reach out to the opposition side in order to promote dialogue and unity; the purpose is to make politicians join hands, whether in opposition or in governing party, we must break our differences and reach out to each other and build our country,” Matonga said.

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He said Pac will continue to engage in mediation and advocacy, and continue to speak on behalf of Malawians.

Matonga said it is a blessing in disguise that last year’s presidential election went through court processes, at both Constitutional and Supreme courts, as there were a lot of issues that needed the court’s determination.

“The court decisions and declarations have helped the country to have a credible election this year,” he added.

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He said it is Pac’s hope that Malawians will stand together as one nation with the new President and Vice President.

But Chancellor College-based political analyst, Ernest Thindwa, said his observation is that Chakwera’s brand of politics and that of his prospective Vice President is a striking departure from confrontational and divisive politics that characterised past administrations over the last decade.

“What the new administration should focus on is winning the hearts of the people of Malawi, regardless of their ethnic, regional and religious identities. I do not think Democratic Prograssive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) will shift from confrontational and divisive politics on which they thrive and which seemingly is at the core of the two parties’ DNA,” Thindwa said.

He said the new administration should not divert attention to work with the unwilling DPP-UDF opposition, but pay attention to the plight of long suffering Malawians

He said the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s first term survived the hostility of the unwilling opposition primarily because he aligned his interests with those of poverty stricken Malawians, who rewarded him handsomely in the 2009 Tripartite Elections.

On Tuesday, DPP/ UDF Alliance candidate Peter Mutharika, Tonse Alliance torchbearer Lazarus Chakwera and Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement for Development contested in a fresh presidential election that had been ordered by the courts and unofficial results show that Chakwera came out triumphant.

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