20 September 2016 Last updated at: 10:00 PM
PAC postpones meeting with govt
The country’s Public Affairs Committee (PAC) says it will not hold a meeting with Malawi government this month as earlier planned.
PAC was expected to hold discussions with government on different issues of public interest at the end of this month.
However, according to PAC Executive Director Robert Phiri, the talks will be held next month.
Phiri said they have postponed the meeting with government in order to give its members more time to prepare for the meeting.
“In times of such meetings, we bring different experts so the postponement is to give them [experts] more time for preparations. So far, we cannot tell the public the exact topics to be discussed in these meetings but always they are issues of national interest specifically on good governance,” said Phiri.
He added that the group will soon announce the exact date and venue for the meeting but claimed that it will be mid-October.
PAC held meetings with government in July and the dialogue talks were expected to continue in August but they hit a dead end when the religious group pulled out of the talks saying government was unwilling to be part of the meeting.
The dialogue talks were aimed at finding the way forward on addressing concerns raised by delegates at a PAC conference in February.