Tention and anxiety characterised the last hours of the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) 5th conference as delegates from both ruling and opposition parties disagreed on a number of issues including the demand for President Peter Mutharika to step down.
The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) made a recommendation that Mutharika should step down because he has failed to run the country.
Spokesperson for PP, Ken Msonda made a recommendation that the DPP government be given 30 days to release maize and make it available to Admarc markets failing which, Mutharika must resign.
MCP Publicity Secretary, Jessie Kabwila, echoed Msonda’s sentiments saying evidence is there that the DPP government has failed miserably to run the country.
“Ladies and gentlemen let’s not beat about the bush. People are starving, there is no maize in Admarc markets, no medicine in hospitals, the economy is in dire straits, not talking of water and electricity. What more could we possibly want? This government has failed and it needs to go,” Kabwila said.
Presidential adviser on domestic policy, Hetherwick Ntaba, told the delegates to the conference to disregard recommendations made by the Msonda and Kabwila arguing that they were baseless.
“Those recommendations are baseless and need not to be acknowledged. There is no way a president can resign in 30 days. Why should we waste time coming to these meetings and make useless recommendations,” he asked.
Disagreements continued as delegates continued pointing fingers at each other leading to and not giving each other a chance to be heard in silence.