People in Karonga vow to promote peace during campaign period

Written by  Roselyn Mchenga MBC news Karonga

People in Karonga District have promised to maintain peace during the campaign period as the country goes to the polls next month.


Speaking during a series of meetings organised  by the Catholic Commision for Justice and Peace (CCJP), participants said they have realised that most of the conflicts that occur during the electoral period are counter productive to the national building.

In his remarks,  Project Officer for Malawi Electoral Cycle Support,  Moses Mwakisula said the organisation is mobilising the people in Karonga to be aware of the effects of electoral violence and how to avoid it during campaign rallies.

Mwakisula said most of the youths in Karonga district in the past years were used as agents for political violence.

This has caused wrangles that have retarded development in the district as people fail to agree on development agenda for the district.

According to Mwakisula said the organisation saw a need to civic educate these sections of the society on dangers of violence and the importance of promoting peace.

CCJP organised the meetings where they invited the youths, women, church and traditional leaders from Karonga to discuss peace and issues of national building.

The other aim of the meetings was to discuss some of the reasons that cause violence in the district during campaign period and the importance of giving chances to women and youths in politics.

The Area Development Committee chairperson for Mwilang'ombe area  Hannock Kalimalwayo Mtete said they are grateful for the meeting because they have been empowered to go and tell the people in the community about women empowerment and dangers of violence during campaigns.

The General Secretary for Lupembe Youth Network Taonga Mwakabanga said the meeting was  timely as polls are around the corner.

She further said this will help the youths to avoid engaging in situations that may lead to violence.

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