Government in collaboration with a civil society taskforce has began the process of establishing pilot district peace committees (DPCs) in Karonga, Kasungu and Mangochi districts as a way of promoting peace and unity in the country.
Speaking during the formation of such a DPC for Karonga on Tuesday, presidential adviser on parliamentary affairs and national unity Symon Vuwa Kaunda said the committees will serve as district pillars for peace building, conflict prevention and transformation.
“In its desire to ensure that the country remains peaceful and resolute, government has commenced the process of establishing peace committees at district level.
“These structures will be engaged in a collaborative manner with other key stakeholders in reconciliation and transformative dialogues that would foster national cohesion,” said Kaunda.
He added that in light of this, government has decided to establish three pilot district peace committees in Karonga, Mangochi and Kasungu.
He said the committees will comprise chiefs, religious leaders and youth representatives that will be working on voluntary basis and reporting to the National Peace Architecture. n