Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe, one of vocal critics of Public Affairs Committee (PAC), yesterday opted to remain silent on the position taken by the committee’s mother bodies to throw their weight behind PAC’s operations.
The former PAC vice-chairperson alongside other former officials such as Bishop Brighton Malasa of the Anglican Church’s Upper Shire Diocese and the Reverend Alex Maulana, general secretary of the CCAP Blantyre Synod, have publicly condemned some actions of the current PAC, alleging the body has departed from its original mandate.
But the mother bodies to which the three treasured clergymen belong, last Friday issued a statement in which they came out defending the religious institution amid reports of cracks among them.
The five bodies are the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) and Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi (QMAM).
The bodies said in a statement which was signed by their chairpersons and general secretaries, emphasising that all decisions taken by the organisation have their endorsement through the board of trustees and general secretaries.
But when contacted for his comment on the stand taken by the mother bodies, Bvumbwe said he had not seen the statement nor heard anything with regard to the issue as such he could not comment anything.
He said: “This is my position at the moment. I have no comment at the moment. My last comment was what I communicated through Weekend Nation newspaper not long ago… especially having not seen the statement I would hardly have any comment.”
Malasa was not available for his position, but Maulana said he was in a meeting.
In an interview with our sister newspaper Weekend Nation two weeks ago, Bvumbwe said what was happening at recent conferences organised by PAC did not reflect on an organisation that is church based but an opposition political party. n