Change in PAC leadership cannot affect mediation talks, says analyst

The change in leadership of Public Affairs Committee (PAC) will not affect its mediation talks with political leaders, a political analyst has said.

On Wednesday, PAC elected a new executive committee which will lead the quasi-religious body for the next 4 years.

The elections came as the quasi-religious body is in the middle of coaxing leaders of opposition parties, Lazarus Chakwera and Saulosi Chilima and human rights defenders to a round table discussion with the incumbent president, Peter Mutharika to sort out their political differences following the May 21 elections.

Political and Social analyst Humphreys Mvula said since the outgoing executive committee members are still members of the organization, then the new office bearers should tap experience from their counterparts and move on.

He said: “I don’t think the change in leadership can in any way affect the progress of the mediation processes taking into account that the outgoing and the newly elected members will share notes so that the latter can proceed from where the former has left.”

However, Mvula advised the newly elected committee to borrow a leaf from their predecessors by intensifying the mediation talks.

Meanwhile the outgoing committee has managed to hold talks with Mutharika, Chakwera, Chilima and human rights defenders.

The outcome of Wednesday’s PAC elections, saw Monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale being elected as the Chairperson, replacing the Very Reverend Dr Felix Chingota, with Brother Osman Karim as his Vice.

Rev. Fr. Mark Mkandawire is the Board Secretary while Bishop Gilford Matonga and Rev. Dr. Davidson Chifungo are Publicity Secretary and treasurer respectively.

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