20 February 2016 Last updated at: 5:23 AM
PAC asks Mutharika to resign now
Religious groupings under the umbrella body Public Affairs Committee (PAC) have resolved that it is now time for Malawi President Peter Mutharika to resign saying the current woes haunting the nation are evidence that his government has failed to lead the nation.
The call has been made during the recent headline making Indaba in Blantyre.
Delegates at the meeting argued that Mutharika has failed to solve vital issues affecting the nation at large.
While some of them cited the current hunger situation, others tilted the calls to the current economic woes that have seen the corporate world making incessant complaints about the economy.
On their part, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) through spokesperson Jessie Kabwila said the ruling DPP should swallow its pride and accept that the country is facing a lot of challenges.
“We have had enough from DPP and Malawians we feel time has come to take action, you know we inflated this tube and we will deflate it soon,” said Kabwila.
Kabwila further urged President Peter Mutharika to fire ministers who are reported to have been negligent on national matters.
Vocal legislator Kamlepo Kalua did not have kind words for the Malawi leader as he said his People’s Party (PP) was giving Mutharika an ultimatum of 90 days in which he should quit and hand over power to a caretaker government.
Kalua said Mutharika has failed the country and, therefore, he has to resign.
PAC held the two-day ‘future of Malawi’ stakeholders conference under the theme ‘Defining Solutions to Economic and Political Direction in Malawi’. The conference was aimed at finding solutions to the problems dogging the country.
Meanwhile, presidential advisor on civil society Mabvuto Bamusi has called on the civil society to desist from calling on Mutharika to resign or giving him ultimatums.
“We should have collective responsibility for the problems affecting our country. Calling upon the president to resign or giving him unnecessary ultimatums is not the way to go,” said Bamusi.