Centre for Mindset Change (CMC), a newly formed civil society organisation (CSO), has stressed the need for the citizenry to live in harmony, and prioritise dialogue, which it says, are best ingredients for democracy.
CMC executive director Phillip Kamangira, in statement announcing the formation of the CSO on Friday, said there is a need for Malawians to unite in finding solutions to the country’s longstanding socio-economic challenges.
“There is a need for Malawians to have one collective agenda if things are to start moving in one direction. Our concern has been how matters of national importance are being handled emotionally.”
“We are appealing to all Malawians, let us have a human face and a sober approach to matters of national importance in order to build our society,” said Kamangira.
He noted that many Malawians are still experiencing the effects of natural disasters like floods that were followed by a dry spell in January 2015 as the dry spells in the 2015/2016 farm season.
As such Kamangira said the country needs collective efforts in its rebuilding exercise.
Recently, President Peter Mutharika declared Malawi a State of national disaster caused by prolonged dry spells during the 2015/2016 farming season, a situation which has resulted into severe crop failure, particularly in the Southern Region and parts of the Central Region.
The President appealed for humanitarian relief assistance from International donor community, the relevant United Nations (UN) agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the private sector as well as citizens of goodwill, so that, together with government, they can contribute in alleviating the suffering on the part of people affected by the food shortage.