Chancellor College lecturer Boniface Dulani, while appreciating that such gatherings provide opportunities to citizens of diverse backgrounds to debate and find solutions to the country’s emerging challenges, doubted the leeway of coming up with actionable resolutions.
He said it was difficult for such forums to yield actionable declarations because most contributors would want to speak in defence of their positions.
“For instance, government was trying to explain issues and defend its interests without listening to other voices coming out despite indicating that they were there to learn and hear the suggestions; the same with the opposition side,” said Dulani in a telephone interview.
One of the vocal human rights activists and executive director of Right to Food, Billy Mayaya, said in the interim Malawians would want to see government ensure that maize is available in all Admarc depots.
“Secondly, we would want government to spearhead the Cashgate cases because there is a perception that government is trying to cover up the corruption that took place during late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s period and beyond.
‘‘Lastly, we also expect government to meet all the resolutions from the conference within 90 days,” said Mayaya. n