Livingstonia Synod Calls for Peace Amid Post-Election Violence

By Zenak Matekenya

Church and Society Programme of the Livingstonia Synod, has called on stakeholders to popularise discussions on peace in the wake of the post elections violence currently rocking the country.

Speaking in Mzuzu on Thursday during a public lecture on the commemoration of 2019 International Day of Peace, Church and Society Programme Executive Director, Moses Mkandawire, said ignoring discussions on peace and order would do the country more harm.

He said the tension that has rocked the country needs to be addressed the soonest possible, noting that there is increase in internal conflicts within African countries.

“Our problems can best be solved by ourselves. We need no one from outside to bring peace to our country but ourselves.

“Let’s involve everyone in national dialogue process, the youth, women, civil society, the academia, the media and everyone,” he said.

In his presentation, Head for Department of Governance, Peace and Security Studies at Mzuzu University, George Mhango, said there was need for established mechanism in ensuring peace in the country.

He said the post-election violence in the country might result from avoidance of addressing pertinent issues that have been there for decades, hinting that poverty too is conflict.

Youth and Society, Executive Director, Charles Kajoloweka, called on the elite to address the conflicts that affect the poor for the country to be at peace.

He bemoaned ineffectiveness of National Peace Building Policy effected in 2018 which he said was not even publicised.

“There is a call for peace when the higher and middle class feel the pressure. Why not call for peace when the lower class suffers the conflict through poverty and injustice.

“How have we addressed the issues of land by Vincent Wandale? That is another ticking bomb. We cannot call for peace while there is no justice because peace is a product of justice,” he said.

Tamandani Mlilima, a form four girl from Katoto Secondary School, said the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations are a hindrance to studies at the school and called for relevant stakeholders to find a lasting solution.

“Last time we stayed without going to school for three days, yet next June we have Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) Examinations. How would you feel if you were in my shoes?” she wondered in a sombre tone.

Guest Speaker at the function, United Kingdom based Lawyer, Simon Crabb, focused his lecture on the rule of law as the best weapon for promotion of peace.

He said the rule of law encompasses impartial justice delivery, trust and accountability by public and private sectors as well as individuals. He emphasized that peace and the rule of law are inseparable.-MANA

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