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MPs, ward councillors to be drilled on roles and responsibilities

Written by  Isaac Jali

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in conjunction with the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture have signed a Memorandum of Understanding-MoU with the National Initiative for Civic Education - NICE to conduct nationwide civic education on local governance.


Signing the MOU in Lilongwe, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Tarsizio Gowelo said the initiative will among others help MPs, Ward Councillors and rural communities understand the roles and responsibilities of duty bearers.


'' Malawi held a tripartite election ushering in MPs and Ward Councillors, so it’s because of this background that knowledge gaps exist among duty bearers and the people themselves on who should do what'' Observed Gowelo.


He further said the civic education will help end conflicts between MPs and Councillors and foster a cordial work relationship.


'' We have been hearing of conflicts among MPs and Councillors due to misunderstanding regarding their roles, we want that to come to an end. '' said Gowelo.


Principal Secretary for Information, Tourism and Culture Chimwemwe Banda said her Ministry is geared to take part in the civic education campaign as it will enhance clear understanding among stakeholders in order to facilitate development.


'' It is clear that the Councillors are custodians of infrastructure development as stipulated in the Malawi Constitution section 142(2). And the same constitution further says duties of MPs are to legislate '' said Banda.


She said at the end of the four years of the campaign, the citizenry will be empowered to understand that development is their right and be able to demand it from duty bearers.


Some of the activities under the campaign will be audio-visiual shows, open discussions with local communities, drama and distribution of information materials on the issue.

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