MUTHARIKA meets PAC top brass Aug 2 over political impasse

Written by  MBC Online

Re-elected President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on August 2 meets leaders of the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to chart a peaceful resolution of the political impasse which has ungulfed Malawi since the disupted May 21 tripartite elections.

APM and PAC Chairperson Reverend Felix Chingota APM and PAC Chairperson Reverend Felix Chingota
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PAC, a quasi religious grouping, said Mutharika had opened the Sanjika Palace door to them.

 

PAC’s chief officer Robert Phiri told the media that it was ready to “engage any willing stakeholder” for talks aimed at finding a lasting solution to the vote dispute which is being challenged in court.

 

Opposition parties MCP and UTM are seeking nullification of the presidential results only, accusing MEC and Mutharika of rigging the vote in favour of APM. They are also demanding, alongside the Human Rights Defenders Colaition (HRDC), that MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah should resign for mismanaging the poll.

 

Ansah declared Mutharika the winner of the poll, winning by 160,000 votes against Lazarus Chakwera Chakwera of MCP and Saulso Chilima of UTM, who trailed third.

 

The constitutional court headed by a panel of five high court judges will start hearing the high-profile case on August 8 in Lilongwe.

 

Ansah, who insists she run a credible and fair poll, has refused to resign, saying she can only do so after the determination of the court.

 

The agenda of the Friday meeting is not clear, but Mgeme Kalilani said the President was “looking forward to hearing from them [PAC].”

 

PAC have, led by Catholic Archbishop Thomas Msusa, has already met Chilima and Chakwera, to work on “scenarios on what will be the necessary interventions after the court has ruled either way in the electoral case.”

 

The HRDC have been spearheading demos to force out Ansah, but the demos have been destructive and nasty, resulting in police officers injured, both private and public property torched, looting and total chaos.

 

The HRDC have vowed to continue holding the demos across the country, to pressurise Ansah step-down although electoral laws say that the MEC Chairperson does not need to resign over such disputes.

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