By Thula Chisamba
One of officials from the public affairs committee (PAC) has revealed that president Peter Mutharika intimidated them not to address him freely.
The official confided to The Malawi Star that Mutharika created an intimidating atmosphere to the extent that most PAC officials were afraid to speak freely.
“We raised an issue concerning our stand on demands for him to resign within 90 days but nobody dared to touch on that on safety grounds,” claimed the official pleading for anonymity.
He further pleaded with Malawians to bear with PAC officials for failing to brave the intimidation and tell Mutharika their minds, citing that it was imposible to do so at the palace.
“We had many things to address him about but because of the fear that we had there, it was impossible to do so,” he added.
Recently PAC held an audience with Mutharika in which they discussed numerous things affecting the country.
Among the most sensitive issues they tabled, included demands to trim presidential powers and hand them over to parliament.
Mutharika shamelessly trashed the demand, on grounds that it would make the parliament more dictating.
Many Malawians described his reaction as a betrayal to his party manifesto-in which he promised to trim presidential powers once voted into power.
On the other hand, PAC officials failed to address him fully on how his administration has spoiled the social and economic development of this country.
People’s Party (PP) spokesperson, Kenneth Msonda, described the conference as a waste of time because it failed to achieve the intended tangible outcomes.
However, in reaction to the raised concerns and observations, minister of information, Patricia Kaliati, branded them unjustifiable.
“They wanted to meet the president and it happened, what else did they want?” she questioned.
As if that was not enough, she went on to trash PAC for supporting demands for Mutharika to resign within 90 days, citing that is unreasonable.
“How will his resignation solve problems?” she added.