National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has advised civic education coordinators in Mangochi to form vibrant citizen forums to help counter corruption and foster development.
Nice Mangochi district civic education officer Turner Banda said this on Saturday during a training for 33 civic education coordinators in the district.
The training was aimed at orienting and building capacity of volunteers about Nice’s result area number two, which emphasises on voice and accountability.
Banda said Nice’s result area number two is the most fundamental aspect of good governance as it gives power to communities to take decisive action on things that matter within the community.
He said: “In citizen forums, communities have a democratic space to discuss issues that affect their social, economic as well as political life and come up with possible solutions to either reduce or eradicate their problems.”
Speaking in a separate interview, Nice district advisory chairperson Elliot Kumwanje urged the volunteers to be proactive, vigilant and be conversant with the country’s Constitution when carrying out their tasks.
He challenged them to form viable citizen forums when they get back to their respective areas, saying communities in the district are expecting more from the volunteers. n