Muslim youths and the Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi have distanced themselves from the call by the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) barring their followers not to participate in demonstrations organised by Public Affairs Committee (PAC).
Briefing the press yesterday in Blantyre, the youths, led by former Chancellor College (Chanco) Students Union president Sylvester Ayuba James, accused MAM of serving the interests of a few individuals.
He said: “By asking Malawian Muslims to listen to the leaders of MAM, whose interests the Malawi Muslims are not sure of, the organisation intends to subject the political freedom of suffering Malawians to the whims and interests of a few.”
In a statement issued yesterday, the Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi also urged its followers to participate in the demonstrations, saying they are in agreement with the direction taken by PAC.
MAM, an umbrella body of the Muslim community in the country which also sits on PAC’s governing body, on Sunday held a press briefing in Blantyre urging its followers not to participate in the PAC demonstrations tomorrow as doing so is against their doctrine of peace, contact and dialogue.
PAC plans to march in protest against government’s reluctance to table the Electoral Reforms Bills that include an amendment of Section 80 (2) of the Constitution and Section 96 (5) of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act proposing a 50 percent plus 1 majority in presidential election, among others.