By Lifu Litete- Malawi Exclusive
President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera says he is always ready to grant an audience to influential quasi-religious grouping the Public Affairs Committee (PAC).
On Tuesday PAC spokesperson Gilford Matonga told the local media that the religious grouping wants to engage the president on a number of issues happening in the country.
This is a follow up meeting to a similar meeting which the two parties held in January this year where among other things they discussed corruption, nepotism, governance as well the prevailing economic conditions.
During the January meeting PAC asked president Dr Chakwera to relieve the then Secretary to President and Cabinet (SPC) Zangazanga Chikhosi of his duties as well as work towards addressing the economic challenges that the country was facing.
Since that meeting President Dr Chakwera has proceeded to replace Chikhosi with Ms Collen Zamba, outlined a 15 point economic recovery plan which has seen a ban on government funded lakeshore conferences, a limit on international travels by the president among several other stringent economic measures.
The Minister of Finance Sosten Gwengwe also announced a 25% devaluation aimed at cushioning the local currency.
In an interview on Tuesday, Matonga said the organisation wants to engage the president as a follow up to the January meeting to appreciate a progress report on the issues that were discussed.
“This time around we want the President to present to us measures that have been undertaken since our January meeting. We are not taking new issues to the president as this is just a follow up meeting to our January meeting,” said Matonga.
In his reaction, Presidential Press Secretary Anthony Kasunda said the president has always kept his door open to engage with PAC.
“The president has always granted PAC an audience so surely once a date has been set PAC will be notified,” said Kasunda.
Since ascending to the presidency two years ago President Dr Chakwera has been practicing an open door policy by engaging relevant stakeholders ranging from the faith community, civil society as well as academia.