The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has expressed satisfaction with what the district Peace Committees (DPC) are doing in intensifying peace and stability in the country. Speaking during monitoring workshop in Salima, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Madam Clare Medina said her organization recognise DPCs commitment towards peace building besides that Malawi have never experienced any conflict.
Medina also asked all peace building structures in the country including DPCs not to relax since the coming of Covid-19 it has brought in some bottle necks that are likely to fuel conflicts such as; job scarcity, low money circulation and mismanagement of social amenities which have a tendency of dividing people. “I would like to ask you to be innovative in your role as peace ambassadors and be much keen on early warning issues for you to ably prevent conflicts before they happen,” said Medina.
The District Commissioner Representative, Shupikai Nyirenda commended UNDP for the financial assistance towards the operations of the peace committees which has greatly enable the committee to execute their work diligently and asked other organizations to emulate the same. She said that as a district will keep supporting the operations of the committees in order peace and tranquility in the district to continue prevailing.
“On behalf of the committee members, I would like to thank UNDP for its interest in ensuring that this country should be in peace. It is our hope that since the peace architecture is moving to Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity the operations of the committees will be fully intensified and expanded to community structures,” said Nyirenda.
In commenting on the same, Dyton Kang’oma who is the NPA project coordinator said that through the peace architecture, the government has drafted a Malawi Peace and Unity Commission bill which will among the committee functions is to take care the affairs of the peace committees. “The development of the Malawi Peace and Unity Commission Bill, which if passed, will promote the roll-out of DPCs to all districts in the country and also enhance the framework of the current DPCs basic operating procedures,” explained Kang’oma
District level systems for the NPA have been set up and are active in selected districts of Karonga, Nkhata Bay, Kasungu, Mangochi, Salima and Mulanje. District level bodies called District Peace Committees (DPCs) receive quarterly financial funding from UNDP for their activities from the NPA Secretariat through the Social Stability Programme, which is focused on annual work plans.