CALL TO JOIN PAC PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS – 13TH DECEMBER 2017

Law Avenue, Area 3, Plot 402,
P.O. Box 30068,
Lilongwe. MALAWI.
Tel.: 265-888 869 535.
Email: mipingo.mcc@gmail.com
Executive Board: Bishop Fanuel Magangani (Chairperson), Rev. Vasco Kachipapa (Vice Chairperson), Rev. Maureen Tchuwa-Tinenenji,
Mrs. Yasinta Mtambo, Rev. Robert Mandah, Rev. Charles Mawaya, Rev. Luckwell Mtima, Rev. Edna Navaya, Rev. Johnstone Ngogolo
Trustees: Rev. Alex Benson Maulana (Chairperson), Rev. John Gondwe (Vice Chairperson), Mrs. Agness Mkoko, Rev. Fanny Mdzeka,
Rev. Patrick Makondesa, Rev. Stanly Makatanje
“Maintaining Unity
of the Spirit in the
Bond of Peace”
Ephesians 4:3
PRESS STATEMENT
CALL TO JOIN PAC PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS – 13TH DECEMBER 2017
3
rd December 2017, Lilongwe. MALAWI:
The Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) is an ecumenical Mother Body made up of 25 Member
Churches and 20 Para-Church organisations spread across Malawi. It provides a prophetic voice on
behalf of the voiceless and seeks to serve its membership in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ by
promoting and ensuring holistic development of all human beings.
The Malawi Council of Churches is a Member of and sits on the Public Affairs Committee (PAC)
governance bodies, where issues are analysed in order to serve the political, and socio economic
development needs of Malawians. In pursuance of Electoral and Local Government reforms, PAC has
therefore over time engaged government using the All-Inclusive Stakeholder Conferences, one of
which is of February 2017 as was ratified by PAC’s Annual General Meeting in December 2016.
PAC undertook several activities lobbying various stakeholders to support the implementation of the
Electoral and Local Government Reforms. Of special interest is the introduction of the 50%+ 1
electoral system and the removal of voting powers of Members of Parliament at local Council level.
A statement jointly issued by PAC and a Government Technical Team had government commit itself
to table the Electoral and Local Government Act Reforms in the current November 2017
Parliamentary Sitting.
Since this has not come to pass, PAC engaged the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs on
the matter, and proceeded to seek appointment with the Leader of the House, Minister of Local
Government and Rural Development to no avail, forcing PAC to hold a peaceful march to Parliament
Building on 23rd November 2017 in Lilongwe and petition the Head of State and the Speaker of the
National Assembly.
The Petition demanded that the Electoral and Local Government Reforms Bill be tabled, debated and
passed during the November 2017 Parliament sitting.
Noting that these efforts have yielded nothing, the Public Affairs Committee has called for
nationwide peaceful marches across Malawi as follows:
1. Lilongwe: From Community Centre Ground to City Assembly
2. Blantyre: From Clock Tower to Civic Offices
3. Mzuzu: From Katoto Secondary School Ground to Civic Offices
4. Zomba: From Zomba Community to Mponda Freedom Park

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