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Public Affairs Committee conference to zero in on corruption

The Sixth All-inclusive Stakeholders Conference by Public Affairs Committee (Pac) slated for Wednesday will, among other things, zero in on the impact of corruption on Malawi’s economy.

Pac Executive Director Robert Phiri Monday said other major talking points are state of governance and public trust in the government.

“We have already identified two key speakers from Chancellor College and Henry Kachaje will make a presentation on the impact of corruption on the economy. We have also decided to give practical examples of corruption in Malawi and see how it is affecting our economy,” Phiri said.

He said this year’s conference would be different from previous ones as resolutions were already made, and what is remaining is to adopt the resolutions. He said stakeholders would discuss modalities for implementation.

“We are convinced that Malawians have at length discussed their problems and they know them. This will be the time to come up with practical ideas that can be implemented to pull the country out of the challenges it is facing,” said Phiri.

Stakeholders that have been invited to the conference include Farmers Union of Malawi, federalism groups and Minibus Owners Association of Malawi.

“We are running away from [the tradition of] just having formal delegates. Groups such as the People’s Land Organisation have been invited so that we should have their voice heard,” Phiri said.

The stakeholders’ meeting will bring together opposition and government officials as the quasi-religious grouping seeks to help Malawians find solutions to challenges rocking the country.

Phiri said President Peter Mutharika would be represented by his aide Mavuto Bamusi.

The meeting, which has a budget of about K20 million, intends to have about 150 delegates.

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