By Ireen Kayira:
Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity has managed to reintegrate 105 people who were displaced from their homes due to conflicts.
The Minister responsible, Timothy Mtambo said they have embarked on facilitating development of Transformative national values for mindset change, national healing, reconciliation and national unity in an interview with Malawi News Agency on Monday in Lilongwe.
He said the 105 people are from Karonga comprising 32 men, 45 women and 28 children who were displaced on September 4, 2020 and their houses and property got destroyed due to the wrangles in Karonga, Traditional Authority (TA) Kilupula.
“The Ministry continues to interface with different stakeholders including traditional leaders to understand the ethnocentric context we are in by visiting some conflict hotspots that Included conflict resolution and reintegration of displaced community members,” Mtambo said.
He added that, “If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies. This is one of the key areas if our country is going to make any progress in moving away from ethnocentric polarization to national unity.
The Ministry has engaged stakeholders to develop the proposed truth and reconciliation programme.
This process included reaching out to some communities of past atrocities such as Moto village, Nkhata-Bay, July 20 victims and Diaspora.
“It is in this spirit that the Ministry to partner with Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to successfully mediate between Christian and Muslim communities leading to a peaceful resolution of a misunderstanding that arose from the billboard that was mounted in Blantyre,” he said.
Mtambo said they has commenced mediation on the misunderstanding on Hijab wearing in public schools, and signed a petition from Plan International Malawi against cyber bullying.
“We have completed the drafting of the Malawi Peace and Unity Bill for the establishment of the Malawi Peace and Unity Commission,” the Minister said.
He said the bill has been submitted to the Ministry of Justice for vetting, once passed it would provide the legal mandate for the programme.
Mtambo said they have finalized the Cabinet Paper on the establishment of Malawi Peace and Unity Commission.
A Chinsapo based Businessman; Mathew Phiri thanked the Ministry for make such a good initiative to help the people.
He said integrating people was very crucial issue and there was need to have proper policy and implementation plans in place.