The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) yesterday resolved to hold a National Stakeholders Forum on Inclusivity and Federalism from November 24 to 25.
PAC executive director Robert Phiri confirmed in a response to a questionnaire that the executive committee, trustees and representatives of mother bodies met in Lilongwe to discuss the work plan for October to December 2014.
He said it was at the meeting that the resolution was made and the theme would be Enhancing a Common Understanding on Inclusivity and Federalism in Malawi.
Said Phiri: “The goal of the forum will be to provide a platform where constructive debate can be carried out so that we speak the same language on matters of national importance.
“The committee further took a position that PAC should not take any stand, but first of all must hear from experts who will make presentations during the national stakeholders forum.
“It was agreed that there should be speakers on federalism from abroad, in particular from those countries that practise this principle. However, there will be two others from within the country to present on other topics that build on the emerging issue itself.”
Among other things, Phiri said, PAC has embarked on various activities such as advocacy on constitutional review, the 50+1 principle of electing presidents and the way forward on Section 65 of crossing of the floor in Parliament.
Phiri said the relevance of the forum is that it would provide a common ground where people of different views may listen and question on what constitutes federalism. n