PAC Fails to Hold Elective AGM; Extends Leaders’ Mandate
The Bord of Trustees of the quasi-religious organization Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has extended mandate for its executive board members with six months, to June 2023 when elections for new office bearers will be held.
The term of office for the current leadership was expected to expire this month.
PAC spokesperson Bishop Gilford Matonga confirmed this to Zodiak Online and attributed the change to financial constraints.
“PAC has not managed to get enough resources to call for the AGM that elects leaders into office.
What the Board of Trustees have done is to give an extension to the leaders so that they can serve until June 2023. The Board of Trustees are mandated to do that,” said Bishop Matonga.
He further said the extension will also work to their advantage to better prepare for the all-inclusive conference that was also scheduled for this month but failed due to the same financial challenges.
“We will not have problems explaining the all-inclusive concept to the new office bearers. So, the extension means the same team that has been planning the conference will have to see it through,” he added.
Governance analyst Dr. Henry Chingaipe finds nothing wrong with the extension as it is in line with the PAC constitution.
However, Dr. Chingaipe is worried that PAC cannot support its own operations.
He dares the body to find ways of raising funds for its internal operations.
“One would have thought that there should have been a more stable established mechanism through which PAC mobilizes money for basic governance things about its own organization,” said Dr. Chingaipe.
PAC was established in 1993 to mobilize the general public through the religious community and other stakeholders in promoting democracy, development, peace and unity through civic education, mediation and advocacy.