By Henry Mhango:
Minister of Civic Education and National Unity, Timothy Mtambo, has called on chiefs in Nkhata Bay to foster peace and unity in their communities.
Speaking during a meeting with different chiefs at Nkhata Bay District Council, Mtambo said it was high time traditional leaders took full responsibility in promoting peace and unity.
“Chiefs should call their subordinates and advise them on how they can facilitate peace in their communities so that mob justice can be curbed in the district,” Mtambo said.
He added it was not only chiefs in the district who have the responsibility of maintaining peace and unity, saying government intervention is also required in bringing peace at any place in the country.
“The government feels sorry when we see Malawians killing each other. As government, we are trying to strengthen the enforcement of law by launching National Peace Commission which will help look at issues of peace and unity in all districts and how to deal with them,” he said.
Mtambo further said government would introduce civic education as a subject in schools so that the youth can be taught good morals and the importance of maintaining peace and unity.
District Commissioner for Nkhata Bay, Rodney Simwaka said his office was working with chiefs to curb violence in the district.
“The council has a peace committee which works hand in hand with different chiefs to remind them that they are the pillars for people. Chiefs are influential in peace and unity building process,” Simwaka said.
Senior Chief Fukamapili in his remarks blamed lack of jobs in the district as a source of disputes and other violent acts.
“Many people in the district are jobless that’s why they commit such kinds of violence and unnecessary acts among themselves.
If those people could be provided with something to keep themselves busy with, acts of violence could be reduced because they would be focusing on their daily activities rather than planning to engage in violence,” Fukamapili said.
In recent past, Nkhata Bay District has seen ugly spates of violence that have left 52 households homeless with their fishing gear torched.
Malawi News Agency-MANA