PAC calls for patience as political impasse continues

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By Grace Donga 

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) is appealing for patience from the public as they await updates on the progress of its dialogue initiative with stakeholders in the current political impasse.

This is according to a statement from PAC signed by a team of mediators.

They have been meeting government representatives, opposition political parties as well as the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

There is political tension in Malawi as a result of the disputed May 21 Election.

 

PAC initiated a dialogue process with key stakeholders, based on the pre-elections Lilongwe Peace Declaration (LPD) that Presidential Candidates signed.

Since the mediation process started however, there have been concerns from the public and other interested parties, on the dialogue initiative, noting that no formal update has been made to the public.

There have also been interventions from various players such as Former Head of State, Bakili Muluzi, the academia, development partners, Centre for Multiparty Democracy, other Civil Society Organizations, political players and the Malawi Human Rights Commission, among others.

The statement explains that during dialogue meetings, parties usually agree not to divulge specific details of the discussion in a bid to give room for Face-to- Face Dialogue.

It adds that to this end, given the nature of the current dialogue exercise and agreements with parties concerned, it remains sensitive for PAC to furnish all details, with due respect to principles of transparency and accountability.

The statement further discloses that it is in respect of the agreed dialogue principles with all stakeholders that PAC is seemingly economic with specific details deliberated on in the recent dialogue meetings.

PAC acknowledges that dialogue is a process which requires the concerned parties themselves to drive the agenda and its pace in order to secure a durable solution to a problem.

It explains that stakeholders involved in the current dialogue process deserve a lot of appreciation for providing time and space, for being honest on their views and positions on the current political situation.

The mediators stress that the process will open up for back-up teams or indeed seek any appropriate support especially at technical level once the concerned parties deem it necessary.

 

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