…OPC would designate someone to receive the petition
…Analyst backs Chilima
Vice-President Saulos Chilima yesterday followed the footsteps of President Peter Mutharika in rebuffing a request from civil society organisations (CSOs) during the planned April 27 demonstrations to personally receive a petition.
In a letter to the CSOs dated April 21 2018, secretary to the Vice-President’s Office Clement Chinthu Phiri said the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) would designate someone to receive the petition.
Commenting on the development, University of Livingstonia (Unilia) political analyst George Phiri has said it was not politically right for Chilima to receive the petition after Mutharika had already snubbed the CSOs.
“Chilima answers to Mutharika, and if the President said he would not receive the petition, it si not politically and morally right for Chilima to go on hisnown to receive the petition. It would have been different if Mutharika had delegated Chilima to receive it, ” he said.