President Peter Mutharika is scheduled to meet Public Affairs Committee (PAC) at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre today over recent developments affecting the country, including the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and July 2 fresh presidential election, officials have confirmed.
Presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani confirmed in an interview on Tuesday that the meeting will take place today, but could not be drawn to highlight its agenda.
He said PAC was better-placed to do so as the quasi-religious body sought an audience with the President.
In a separate interview, PAC publicity secretary the Reverend Gilford Matonga confirmed that PAC leaders met last week and resolved to seek an audience with Mutharika on Covid-19.
He said another issue on the agenda is the upcoming July 2 fresh presidential election and outstanding concerns on the current Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners who the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court and Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) said were not competent to conduct elections.
Said Matonga: “We have communication that we will meet the President tomorrow [today] at 2pm. We have not yet received any information on the change of the programme.
“We have on the agenda the way Covid-19 issues are being handled. We also have issues of fresh election. Once we discuss this with the head of State, it is when we will communicate the details of the meeting.” Three days ago, the country’s estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima faulted government for lacking efficiency in a number of areas in the fight against Covid-19.